The Monster and Mary Shelley

An outlandish trip through the mind of one of literature’s most influential imaginations.

A new touring production

“It was on a dreary night in November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils”
- Victor Frankenstein

June 1816 – the ‘Year without a summer’: On yet another sun-less day at their holiday villa in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenges his guests Percy and Mary Shelley to ‘each write a ghost story’. Two days later Mary, 18 years old and having recently watched her premature baby die, has a ‘waking dream’ and begins to write a story that will haunt and define her for the rest of her life.

‘So this is why you created me? Not to scare your readers. Not to scare yourself. But to scare away the things that really frightened you? So that you can sleep at night?’

The Monster and Mary Shelley is an atmospheric, moving, and at times darkly comic exploration of ‘fear’. Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing, contemporary cinematic score, The Monster… explores the life of Mary Shelley – the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.

Work began on the project in 2016 with development weeks at Assembly Roxy, in Edinburgh, and The Tron Theatre, Glasgow, leading to two work-in-progress showings.

On the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Frankenstein we are now delighted to be touring a full-length version of the work, opening at The Tron April 20th & 21st and continuing on the dates below:

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 April 8pm
Tron Theatre
63 Trongate,
Glasgow, G1 5HB
Tickets: Full £11 / £8.50 conc.
Tel: 0141 552 4267

Wednesday 25 April 7pm
The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Rd
Glasgow, G34 9JW
Tickets: £8.50 / £5 / £4 (Local Links)
Tel: 0141 276 9696

Thursday 26 April 7.30pm
Macrobert Arts Centre
University of Stirling, FK9 4LA
Tickets: £12.50 / £10.50 conc. / £5.50 students
Tel: 01786 466 666

Wednesday 2 May 7.30pm
Byre Theatre
Abbey St, St Andrews, KY16 9LA
Tickets: £12 / £10 conc.
Tel: 01334 475000

Thursday 3 May 7.30pm
Beacon Arts Centre
The Beacon, Custom House Quay,
Greenock, PA15 1HJ
Tickets: £12 / £10
Tel: 01475 723 723

Friday 4 May 7.30pm
Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre
Peebles, EH45 8AD
£14 / £12 / £6 U15's
Tel: 01721 725 777

Saturday 5 May 7.30pm
The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AA
£13.50 / £11.50 / £8.50 U18's
Tel: 0131 665 2240

Monday 7 May 8pm
Mull Theatre
Druimfin, Tobermory, PA75 6QB
£10 / £8
Tel: 01688 302 211

Wednesday 9 May 8pm
Skye Theatre
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye
Sleat, IV44 8RQ
Adults £14 / Members £12 / Students and Young People £7 / Seasons free
Tel: 01471 844 207

Friday 11 May 8pm
Universal Hall
The Park, Findhorn, IV36 3TZ
Tickets: £12 / £10 concs. / £8 U16’s
Tickets from Phoenix Stores

Saturday 12 May 8pm
Lyth Arts Centre
Tickets: £14 / £12 / £6
Tel: 01955 641 434

Audience comments (from 2016 work-in-progress):

"A convincing and tempestuous exploration into the nature of fear and how it manifests itself in the psychology of the individual. Even at this infant stage the script and direction was strong and compounded the overt and underlying theme of a journey that sets out to investigate the darkest recesses of human nature. Perhaps there was something lurking in that dim recess under my seat! Can’t wait to see the completed performance."

"The music and fast paced scenes kept me really engaged throughout, and the interaction with the audience was both exciting and sometimes scary. I really liked the idea of fear that ran from beginning to end."

"I really liked the sound effects and the special effects aspect of the show. Also, the intensity of the acting."

For further information about The Monster & Mary Shelley and availability for touring please contact us at

To download a PDF of The Monster & Mary Shelley production information pack, please click here.

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Supported by

Creative Scotland logo              Tron Glasgow logo              Golsoncott Foundation

Photographs by Neil Buchan-Grant, marc marnie, Stewart Ennis and Richard Williams.
Video by Rare Bird Media.