Written by: Mary Shelley
A ROMANTIC GOTHIC SCIENCE FICTION!
WHEN: 12th May 2014
Timings: 3:00pm, 6:00pm
WHERE: National Theatre Live
Genre: Drama, Science-Fiction, Thriller
“Frankenstein” tells the story of a young doctor who was devastated by the death of his mother later becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. Victor Frankenstein’s experiments lead to the creation of a monster which he has put together with the remain of corpses. It’s not long before he regrets his actions…
Description of the main characters
The monster: The monster is Victor Frankenstein’s creation, assembled from old body parts and strange chemicals, animated by a mysterious spark
Robert Walton: The man that victor told the story of his life to
Henry Clerval: Victors childhood friend
The Monster - Nicholas Cage
Land Lady - Angelina Jolie
Robert Walton - Robert Downey Junior
Henry Clerval - Tom Cruise
Elizabeth Lavenza - Leonardo DiCaprio
Felix - Ryan Gosling
Agatha - Christina Aguilera
Mary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797 — in the 8th year of the French Revolution. Her parents already held some attention for their radical writing. Her father, William Godwin,
was a philosopher, atheist and anarchist. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft was the writer of A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1790), and is considered one of the first active feminists. Both parents shaped the revolutionary ideas of the era. Although her parents didn't believe in marriage, they married to legitimize their daughter's birth.
Her mother died tragically 10 days after giving birth, so Mary Shelley never knew her mother. She idolized her father, though she disliked her stepmother. From an early age, she was surrounded by famous writers, philosophers and poets. So, I suppose it was inevitable that she would become a famous writer herself... and perhaps it was also fated that she would fall in love with a writer as well.
In May of 1814, Mary Shelley met and fell in love with Percy Bysshe Shelley. In July, they eloped to the Continent. It wasn't until December of 1816, when Percy's first wife committed suicide that Mary and Percy were married. Of the 4 children that Mary Shelley gave birth to, only Percy Florence survived.
Mary Shelley's first and most important work was Frankenstein, which was finished when she was 19-years-old. The story came out of a holiday that Mary and Percy took in Switzerland with Byron. The writers were all talking about the supernatural one night when Byron proposed that they each should write a ghost story. That night, Mary had a waking nightmare, which eventually developed into the story of Frankenstein and his hideous progeny. Mary Shelley spend under a year writing the book and it was published in 1818. Frankenstein is still considered her greatest work.
The Shelley family lived in Italy from 1818 until 1822, when Mary's husband drowned. His boat, Ariel, capsized during a storm. After his death, Mary returned with Percy Florence to London.
Mary Shelley died at the age of 53 from a brain tumour. She is buried in St Peters Churchyard, Bournemouth beside the remains of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft.
Although Frankenstein is the work Mary Shelley is most well-known for, she created other literature as well: Matilda, Valperga, The Last Man, The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, Lodore, Falkner, Lives of the Most Eminent Men of France, Rambles in Germany and Italy.
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Feedback from critics
One of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror plays of all time.
The genius of all this beauty is that it truly is chillingly scary.
February 11, 2009Full Review
Film School Rejects
A masterpiece of vintage horror. Entertaining, creepy and stylish.
September 24, 2007Full Review
September 10, 2007Full Review
May 27, 2007