Mary Shelley

By Helen Edmundson

Mary Shelley
Paperback, 128 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848422575
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 15th March 2012
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945), Plays for young people (12-18 years)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Shared Experience, Nottingham Playhouse & West Yorkshire Playhouse tour 2012

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Mary Shelley: daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft; lover of Shelley; author of Frankenstein

Helen Edmundson’s compelling play explores a crucial episode in the early life of Mary Shelley – her meeting and scandalous elopement aged sixteen with Percy Bysshe Shelley, and its consequences for her sisters, her stepmother and above all, her troubled father, the political philosopher William Godwin.

'full of literary intelligence, feminist fire and feminine understanding'

- York Press

'passionate, and at times tragic... it’s testament to the quality of the script and the performances that it flies by'

- Yorkshire Post

'Gripping... Without ever reducing Mary Shelley to an issue drama, Edmundson suggests the destructive nature of a life lived without compromise'

- The Times

'this is a powerfully told story that will no doubt enjoy a successful run in Leeds, and beyond'


'This is a great introduction to two pivotal years of Mary Shelley’s life, after which she published the acclaimed Frankenstein, and inspires the spectator to look beyond the stories into the writer’s existence.'


Helen Edmundson is a multi-award-winning writer who is well known for her adaptations for Shared Experience and the National Theatre, as well as her original plays.

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