The Metamorphosis

22 March 2024
The Metamorphosis


As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect.

Gregor’s life is full of contradictions, confusion and reasons to feel inadequate. He works hard in a job which he dislikes in a society which he does not understand, but which allows him to provide for his family. When he begins to suffer from an unusual health complaint which threatens to jeopardise his ability to function he finds that those around him are unable to offer any help or advice. Following his shocking metamorphosis into a giant insect he begins to realise what it is that makes him human. But is it too late? As his mind adapts to his new life Gregor grows ever more distant from the world, struggling to retain his humanity.

Kafka's Prague in 1915 was full of confusing bureaucracy, indecipherable rules and regulations and a host of reasons why Gregor should grow to consider himself utterly worthless. The busy, successful and popular inhabitants of this world serve only to show Gregor just how far removed he is from their status.

Today, our world is not so different. Our government and social structures have never been more complex, confusing, and... well, Kafkaesque. The world bustles along with little time or energy to notice those around us who may be struggling, and social media bombards us with images of perfect people with perfect lives, completely unattainable for most of us. 

Franz Kafka's story of a misfit trying to adapt to his busy world is as relevant now as it ever was. This new adaptation of a classic tale of alienation explores the many aspects of modern life which conspire to isolate us from each other, and what it is about being human which brings us closer together.


Tickets £20 | concessions £18

This show is in our Exchange studio.  Education pack available here.

Age Suitability
This production is suitable for ages 10+, and includes some images which may be unsettling and some adult themes.
2 acts, 120 minutes including a 20 minute interval
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Opened in 1955, The Hazlitt Theatre offers one of the liveliest and community focused programmes of arts and performance in the south east. The Hazlitt Theatre plays host to a wide variety of comedians, musicians, tributes, dance schools, amature dramatics and local and national performers.

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