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Frankenstein’s monster will return to Craigdarroch Castle this October


October is the best time of year to pop by one of Victoria’s most haunted locations and this year a one-man show of Frankenstein will be an added bonus to your visit. 

The production of Frankenstein is set to haunt the dance hall within Craigdarroch Castle on Friday and Saturday nights beginning in October.

The show will be put on by a Craigdarroch fan-favourite, Jason Stevens, who is known well for his December productions of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol. 

The Halloween classic, written by Mary Shelley, will take over the castle for three weekends on the Friday and Saturday night beginning on Friday, October 14th with a showtime at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“We are thrilled to have Jason back in the Castle ballroom, delighting audience members with his depiction of the spooky-classic,” said Craigdarroch Castle executive director, John Hughes.

Shelley wrote the novel Frankenstein when she was 20 and published the first edition in 1818 anonymously. 

The first time her name appeared on the book’s cover was in 1820 for the second edition.

The now classic novel tells the tale of a scientist named Victor Frankenstein, who makes a hideous creature as a result of an unethical experiment.

Often people refer to the monster as “Frankenstein” when in fact, that is the name of the scientist who created him and he is simply referred to as “Frankenstein’s monster” in the novel. 

“It’s one of those tales that surprises us with its emotional depth and cultural relevance,” said Stevens. 

“Underneath, it’s a love story and a story about abandonment and loneliness, but it’s also a story about social responsibility which is a very relevant topic in our culture today.”

Jason Stevens is a classically trained actor from the prestigious Drama Centre London. He then worked in London and New York as an actor for many years. 

In Canada he has appeared in a number of film and television roles and has performed with various theatre companies in Victoria and Vancouver.

Stevens one-man show will cost $30 (plus additional fees) per showing in the castle’s dance hall, located on the fourth floor. For those with mobility issues, there are 87 steps and no elevator in the castle.

COVD-19 precautions are in place and masks are required when visiting Craigdarroch Castle.

Frankenstein at Craigdarroch Castle

Where: Craigdarroch Castle – 1050 Joan Crescent 

When: October 14th to 29th, every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Admission: $30, plus fees. Tickets available via eventbrite

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