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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).

Following these dates, THE METAMORPHOSIS UNPLUGGED, an intimate, musical, acoustic retelling of the story, directed by VP Associate Director Joanna Bowman, will scamper across Scotland to village halls and smaller venues in May and June. 

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)

'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)




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 the Company

Set & Costume Design by Kenneth MacLeod

Lighting Design by Simon Wilkinson

Sound Design and Music Composition by Mark Melville

Associate Director Joanna Bowman


Vanishing Point aims to re-stage The Metamorphosis both nationally and internationally at a later date




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