a theatre adaptation from Franz Kafka by Steven Berkoff
directed by
Keith Rylands-Bolton


Ever since it was first performed at the Round House in London in 1969, Berkoff's theatre adaptation of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis has never failed to disturb and move audiences wherever it is played.

It is a legend of the impossible. A man becomes an insect and his family, in turns, reject, tolerate, loathe and destroy him by neglect. At the same time it is a powerful vision of the horrific experiences of the twentieth century.

With eight actors, some scaffolding and three stools, Berkoff recreates a nightmare world of alienation, a grotesque pantomime in which the audience witness the dehumanisation and eventual destruction of Gregor Samsa, heroically struggling to the last, against greed, indifference and selfishness.



Gregor Richard Magrin
Mr Samsa Ian Uprichard
Mrs Samsa Lynn Chapman
Greta Lynn Colquhoun
Chief Clerk Hugh Dower
Lodger #1 Jane Rylands-Bolton
Lodger #2 Matthew Rivers
Lodger #3 Katherine Boyce

Lynn Chapman & Richard Magrin


Production Assistant Lizzie Lamming
Stage Manager Pauline Uprichard
Set David Broughton, Ian Uprichard and Keith Rylands-Bolton
Mask Design and Construction Joe Tonge
Lighting Design Bentley Hughes
Lighting Technicians Jenny Brundle and Graham Bird
Soundtrack Keith Rylands-Bolton
Sound Technician Robert Dennis
Poster and Programme Cover Nur Abbas and Colin Wood
Programme Layout Graham Davidson
Box Office Vicki Makin



Steve Atkin; Steve Thatcher; Phil Chapman; Hilary Waterfall; Walter Bolton; The Robin Hood Theatre, Averham