(Craigdarroch Castle)

October is the best time of the year to visit one of Victoria’s most haunted locations, and this year, a one-man show of “Frankenstein” will be an exciting addition to your visit.

The production of “Frankenstein” is scheduled to take place in the haunted dance hall within Craigdarroch Castle beginning on October 19th, with performances continuing on October 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, and 29th.

The show will be performed by Jason Stevens, a beloved fan-favorite at Craigdarroch, renowned for his December productions of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, “A Christmas Carol.”

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.

Frankenstein at Craigdarroch Castle

  • Where: Craigdarroch Castle – 1050 Joan Crescent
  • When: October 19th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, and 29th at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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