Mary Shelley, New Play Based on the Life of the Author of "Frankenstein," Heads to London's Tricycle Theatre | Playbill

News Mary Shelley, New Play Based on the Life of the Author of "Frankenstein," Heads to London's Tricycle Theatre
Mary Shelley, a new play by Helen Edmundson based on the life of the writer of "Frankenstein," is heading to London's Tricycle Theatre, beginning performances June 12 prior to an official opening June 14, for a run through July 7.

It is co-produced by Shared Experience with Nottingham Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, where it premiered first, and directed by Shared Experience artistic director Polly Teale.

According to press materials, the play explores Shelley’s remarkable life: her controversial philosopher father, her scandalous elopement aged 16 and what led her to write "Frankenstein," a novel so radical in its ideology, that in 1817 she changed the literary landscape forever.

The cast comprises Kristin Atherton (Mary Shelley), William Chubb (William Godwin), Ben Lamb (Percy), Flora Nicholson (Fanny), Sadie Shimmin (Mrs Godwin) and Shannon Tarbet (Jane).

Edmundson, whose previous work for the company has included War and Peace, Orestes, The Clearing, The Mill on the Floss and Anna Karenina, has also written The Heresy of Love for the RSC, Swallows and Amazons for Bristol Old Vic (subsequently running at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre and touring the UK), Coram Boy for the National (subsequently briefly seen on Broadway) and Mother Theresa for the Royal Court. She is also working on an adaptation of Therese Raquin for Roundabout in New York.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7328 1000, or visit for more details.

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