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Frankenstein brings his monster to life at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 12:35 09 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:35 09 February 2017



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A new adaption of Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece Frankenstein comes to the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford on Tuesday, February 21.

The production includes live music and puppetry. It’s 1816 and Dr Frankenstein is obsessed in the pursuit of the secret of creating life. At that time, scientists were working on the discovery of electricity and thought this was the secret of life. But Dr Frankenstein creates a monster that he cannot control. Mary Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London in 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823.

Mary had travelled through Europe in 1814, journeying along the River Rhine Germany with a stop in Gernsheim near Frankenstein Castle where many years before, an alchemist had worked on experiments.

Later, she travelled to Geneva where much of the story takes place and the topic of galvanism, applying electricity to matter, were themes of conversation between her and her companions, including her future husband, Percy Shelley.

The production has been described as a masterful re-telling of the classic gothic novel. Tickets are £16.50 with concessions £15 from 01245 606505 or


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