The Metamorphosis

A Vanishing Point, Tron Theatre & Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione co-production Adapted & Directed by Matthew Lenton.

Wed 13 - Sat 16 April

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

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, which opened at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre in March 2020 to five-star reviews, only to be closed again for lockdown.

Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

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Press reviews

‘A degree of meticulous artistry and controlled passion that sometimes almost takes the breath away… Every actor in Lenton’s ensemble plays his or her role to perfection’
The Scotsman

A stroke of genius… the company’s penchant for dark visual poetry is at a premium in this new theatricalisation of Kafka’s tale’
★★★★★ The Herald

'As perfect a fit between a theatre director’s aesthetic and a writer’s narrative as I have witnessed in quite some time'
★★★★★The Herald on Sunday

'A powerful piece'
★★★★★ The Stage

★★★★★ The Times


  • DirectorMatthew Lenton
  • Set & Costume DesignKenneth MacLeod
  • Lighting DesignSimon Wilkinson
  • Sound Design & Music CompositionMark Melville
  • Associate DirectorJoanna Bowman

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