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Monday 22 April 2019

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley's Gothic Masterpiece Gets A Unique Twist @ Theatre Royal Brighton

A new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley's seminal 1818 gothic horror novel Frankenstein is set to depict Shelley onstage at Theatre Royal Brighton, as she unfolds her monstrous tale of creature and creator.

An eighteen year-old girl, Mary Shelley, dreams up a monster whose tragic story will capture the imaginations of generations to come.

A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. 

Banished into an indifferent world, Frankenstein's creature desperately seeks out his true identity, but the agony of rejection and a broken promise push him into darkness. 

Dangerous and vengeful, the creature threatens to obliterate Frankenstein and everyone he loves, in a ferocious and bloodthirsty hunt for his maker.

Rona Munro's new adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece places the writer herself amongst the action as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.

Mary Shelley: A Biography

Rona Munro said : 

"This story has been told and retold in hundreds of different versions since it was first written. 

"But it remains the dark and rebellious roar of its adolescent author. Mary Shelley was only eighteen when she wrote the novel and she"d already broken every social rule that should have shaped her life. 

"That's the version of Frankenstein I've returned to, the version of the novel. 

"The story is told in the voice of that defiant and passionate young girl accusing her elders, the culture of her age and intent on terrifying the whole world."

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein heads to Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday 14th – Saturday 19th October 2019. CLICK HERE for dates, times & tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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