Classic H.G. Wells thriller The Invisible Man set to take centre stage at Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:56 10 October 2017

Matthew Spencer as Jack Griffin in The Invisible Man. Picture: Mark Sepple

Matthew Spencer as Jack Griffin in The Invisible Man. Picture: Mark Sepple

Mark Sepple

A 19th century classic thriller said to guarantee “shocks and screams” throughout, will be brought to life at Queen’s Theatre.

Filled with live music, illusion and adventure, the Hornchurch community venue will be welcoming audiences to be amazed at the stage adaptation of H.G. Wells’ tale of The Invisible Man.

Matthew Spencer, who will be taking on the role of the invisible man himself, believes it is not one to miss.

“There will be a few surprises for the audience and it’s a human story with love and friendship mixed in between what is happening to this man so there is something for everyone.

“It’s a well known story but we’ve added in our own little tricks to make it even more exciting to watch on stage so I think there will be some shocks and screams along the way.”

The Invisible Man focuses its attention on smoggy London in a small back room where scientist Jack Griffin - played by Matthew Spencer - is conducting research for a new drug.

But during his experiments, Dr Griffin stumbles across a new potion that can make him invisible.

Having revealed his new ability to his old mentor and fiancée, it soon becomes clear that a side effect of the potion is insanity and after a series of mysterious incidents, fears of the faceless man turn to terror and the villagers attempt to hunt him down.

Matthew said: “The story explores a lot of different topics such as morality and the impact of science.

“Especially nowadays, scientists are discovering more and I’ve read that AI (Artificial Intelligence) could become smarter than humans in the next decade or so.

“It’s great that we’re making so much progress but it is that moral dilemma of just because we can, should we keep making these new discoveries and will they actually benefit us?

“It’s an interesting debate which is brought up in the show.”

Matthew Spencer, 33, finished his training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama back in 2005 and has appeared in theatre productions such as War Horse, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Hamlet.

He also most recently starred in Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre in London.

Matthew joked: “I think I’m now the type of actor that only does quite dark shows!”

The secrets behind the show at Queen’s Theatre, which is being adapted by Clem Garrity and directed by Ryan McBryde, is still being kept a mystery in the build up to launch night, according to Matthew.

“We’ve been sworn to secrecy so I can’t really say too much about how it is all done.

“All I can say is that it is very clever and I think people will be surprised by what they see when they come and watch the show.”

The show will be performed for three weeks only.

Other novels by H.G. Wells include The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, The Red Room, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Shape of Things Yet to Come.

Matthew said: “It’s a fantastic live action version of a classic thriller played out on stage.

“Jack Griffin is an enthusiastic, determined and positive individual that goes mad thanks to what he’s discovered and it’s a great story to watch unfold from beginning to end.

“Even if you have never seen or read The Invisible Man, I would recommend to see the Queen’s Theatre production because it is going to be something special.”

The Invisible Man will be performed at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from October 27 - November 18 with ticket prices from £12.50.

For more information about the show, visit here

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