Mary Shelley in Bath

To mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Sheila Hannon, has researched, written and produced a new theatrical walking tour of Bath, where much of the novel was written. She shares here some insights into the city’s significant role in the development of Shelley’s classic work.

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Theatre Walks Frankenstein in Bath

Frankenstein in Bath

Bigamy, illegitimate children and suicides galore… Tragedy and triumph, romance and despair” — Bath Newseum

Eastenders with posh people and poetry!” — audience member

It’s the city’s best kept secret: most of FRANKENSTEIN —the book that invented science fiction—was written in Bath. And Mary Shelley’s life, as she wrote it, was at least as gothic as the story she created.

FRANKENSTEIN IN BATH is a real life tale of secrets and lies, suicides, concealed births, ruined reputations and false identities. Walk in Mary Shelley’s footsteps as she created her gothic masterpiece. See where she lived and wrote – now marked by a plaque after 200 years. Discover where—and why—she hid her dark secrets.

more genuine Gothic horror than her novel… enthralling” — Theatre Bath

fascinating… I was spellbound… very good value”Trip Advisor 5*

Meet: outside Sally Lunn’s North Parade Passage, Bath BA1 1NX and ends close by.
Cost: £10, advance booking recommended (some tickets available each night, cash only).
Lasts: Lasts approx 90 mins. Mainly on the flat with stops along the way.
Dates & Times: 7pm every Friday from 12 April to 8 November.

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Please check booking site for the latest dates. Not recommended for under 12s.
Private tours by arrangement. Simplified 1 hour tour for students studying English, contact us for more information.

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