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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis is the story of an ordinary man who wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a giant insect. Soon he begins to realise he’s got bigger problems than being late for work. His family, shocked by his bizarre condition, barricade him into his room, unwilling to accept that somewhere inside this behemoth of a bug is their son. 

Franz Kafka’s hugely influential, tragicomic, iconic novella is brought vividly to life in this international co-production between Vanishing Point, Tron Theatre and Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Italy), adapted and directed by Vanishing Point's Matthew Lenton and designed by Kenneth MacLeod (The Dark Carnival).

PLEASE NOTE: The Metamorphosis will be restaged in Scotland and internationally in Spring 2021. 

Performance dates

10 March - 21 March, 2020

Tron Theatre, Glasgow, UK
CANCELLED from 17/03/2020

01 April - 04 April, 2020

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, UK

09 April - 11 April, 2020

Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee, UK

15 April - 17 April, 2020

Eden Court, Inverness, UK


'In a time of crisis, Vanishing Point Theatre’s 20th anniversary production offers the pure, poignant joy – probably soon to be denied us, for a while – of gathering together to experience a show that says almost all we could wish to say about this troubled moment in human history.' (The Scotsman) full review

'Under the guidance of director Matthew Lenton, the company’s penchant for dark visual poetry is at a premium in this new theatricalisation of Kafka’s tale... Lenton and his team have turned Gregor’s existential drudgery into an exquisitely realised portrait of what happens when you push someone into a corner enough to dehumanise them from a system they can no longer bear.’ (The Herald) full review

'As a portrait of contemporary othering due to gender, nationality and language, it’s a powerful piece. Amid the coronavirus outbreak that halted the show’s Italian premiere, the tangible sense of body horror and repulsion is almost impossible to bear.' (The Stage) full review 

'Vanishing Point tends to develop much of its acclaimed, highly distinctive work in rehearsal, often creating radical versions of plays such as Maurice Maeterlinck’s Interiorsand John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. However, the company’s stunning take on Franz Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis is remarkably faithful to its source, and it marks a culmination of Lenton’s concerns and signature style.' (The Times) full review

'Based, ingeniously, but tremendously faithfully, upon Franz Kafka’s outstanding novella, the piece is as perfect a fit between a theatre director’s aesthetic and a writer’s narrative as I have witnessed in quite some time. Matthew Lenton, artistic director of Vanishing Point, has a very distinctive, poetic visual style.' (The Herald On Sunday) full review 



Vanishing Point / Tron Theatre / Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione co-production

The Metamorphosis

After the story by Franz Kafka

Adapted and Directed by Matthew Lenton

Text by Matthew Lenton and Joanna Bowman, Elicia Daly, Nico Guerzoni, Paul Thomas Hickey, Robert Jack, Alana Jackson, Sam Stopford, Hannah Visocchi

Set & Costume Design by Kenneth MacLeod

Lighting Design by Simon Wilkinson

Sound Design and Music Composition by Mark Melville

Associate Director Joanna Bowman

With: Elicia Daly, Nico Guerzoni, Paul Thomas Hickey, Robert Jack, Alana Jackson, Sam Stopford, Hannah Visocchi


Production Manager Fiona Fraser

Company Stage Manager Lee Davis

Deputy Stage Manager Gillian Richards

Technical Stage Manager Dave Stabback

Lighting Supervisor & Relights Andrew Gannon

Sound Engineer Will Moore

Costume Supervisor Sophie Ferguson

Touring Costume Supervisor Nicky McKean

Costume Assistant Placement Becky Hollis

Supported Artist Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir

BSL Interpreters Amy Cheskin / Katy Smillie

Audio Description Christopher McKiddie

Captioner Glenda Carson

Surtitle Operators Gordon Grant / Flora Munro

Set Construction by Pretty Scenic






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