Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2013

Kafka’s terrifying but bizarrely comic story bursts onto the stage in this theatrically explosive new version. Fantastic and horrific, surprisingly funny and poignant, the ordinary, unremarkable life of the Samsa family turns upside down when their son, Gregor, emerges one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a gigantic bug. Combining breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action, the recently transformed Gregor lithely negotiates a gravity-defying split level set in this hugely acclaimed production directed and adapted by Gisli Örn Gardarsson and David Farr. With evocative original music composed by world-renowned musician and lyricist Nick Cave and long-time collaborator Warren Ellis from The Bad Seeds, the music emphasizes Kafka’s dream-like vision and turns it into an electrifying reality.

“The triumph of the production is that it uses physical ingenuity to get to the tragic heart of Kafka’s fable.”-The Guardian

About Vesturport Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre


Founded by 13 artists in 2001, Iceland-based Vesturport Theatre rose to international prominence when their Romeo & Juliet became a hit first at the Young Vic and later the West End in London. In April 2011, Vesturport was awarded the Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities XII in St. Petersburg where Faust and Metamorphosis were performed in connection with the award ceremony.

The Lyric Hammersmith is a theatre in London built in 1895, which takes pride in its original, "groundbreaking" productions. It has two main performance areas: the Main House, a 550-seat 19th-century auditorium maintaining the original design which hosts its main productions; and the 120-seat Studio, which houses smaller productions by up-and-coming companies.


Gregor Samsa Gísli Örn Gardarsson
Greta Selma Björnsdóttir
Herman Ingvar E. Sigurdsson
Lucy Edda Arnljótsdóttir
Herr Stieth/Herr Fischer Víkingur Kristjánsson


Written by Franz Kafka
Adapted and Directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson and David Farr
Music Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Set Design Borkur Jonsson
Lighting Designer Björn Helgason
Sound Designer Nick Manning
Producer Dýri Jónsson


  • Location: Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage
  • Created by: Franz Kafka
  • A Vesturport and Lyric Hammersmith production
  • Directed and adapted by: David Farr and Gisli Örn Gardarsson
  • Music by: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
  • Set Design by: Borkur Jonsson
  • Series: Pioneer
  • Ages: 12+
  • Running Time: 85 minutes with no intermission