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Mary Shelley

16 March 2012 to 07 April 2012

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Courtyard Theatre

A £27 B £22 C £17
Discounts £3 off in A & B Monday to Friday
Previews and Matinees £17
Schools £11

Running Time : 2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)

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Previews17 March 7.45pm

Community Network 17, 26 & 29 March 7.45pm, 31 March 2.30 pm, 5 April 2.00pm

& 7 April 2.30pm

Captioned  29 March 7.45pm 

Audio Described  31 March 2.30pm & 5 April 7.45pm

BSL  Sat 7 April 2.30pm

Mary Shelley

by Helen Edmundson

Commissioned by Shared Experience



Mary Kristin Atherton

Mr Godwin William Chubb

Percy Shelley Ben Lamb

Fanny Flora Nicholson

Mrs Godwin Sadie Shimmin

Jane Shannon Tarbet


Creative Team:

Director Polly Teale
Designer Naomi Dawson
Composer Keith Clouston

Lighting Designer Chris Davey

Sound Drew  Baumohl

Movement Liz Ranken
Voice Majella Hurley
Casting Director Amy Ball


West Yorkshire Playhouse,

Nottingham Playhouse and

Shared Experience

Shared Experience brings to life the astonishing tale of Mary Shelley - and how she came to write one of the greatest stories ever told, aged just 19.

This powerful new play explores Shelley's remarkable life: her controversial philosopher father, her scandalous elopement aged 16 and how she wrote a novel, so radical in its ideology, that in 1817 she changed the literary landscape forever.

Shared Experience is renowned for bringing literary classics to the stage in bold, imaginative ways. For Mary Shelley they reunite with award-winning writer Helen Edmundson whose ground breaking adaptations (Mill on the Floss, Coram Boy, Swallows and Amazons) have inspired generations of theatre makers.

Mary Shelley is directed by Polly Teale, Artistic Director of Shared Experience, who is celebrated for her potent visual and imaginative style.



Average visitor rating [1 to 5 stars] (** visitor reviews)

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  1. Anne Burnett

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    I saw this on Friday evening and thought it was excellent. The cast portrayed their characters compellingly and the made me want to know more.

    DATE POSTED: 18/03/2012

  2. David Archer

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    Sometime before April 7th don't sit in watching EastEnders or Corrie, get your self a ticket to the Playhouse and see this excellent production. Its got much of the scandal and storylines of todays soaps but its so much more compelling because this was over 200 years ago. Everything about this production is superb, the acting the set, lighting and, above all, a cracking story. You need to see this play.

    DATE POSTED: 23/03/2012

  3. Eve Tidswell

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    It's hard to believe that this real story happened so long ago, it seems so up to date .Teenagers of today take note . The play helps you see the depths of feelings and emotions that Mary experienced in her young life -now we know why certain things were in her remarkable tale. Wonderful production everything comes together the acting,-the music, the movement -you are all swept along with the action. Do not miss it.

    DATE POSTED: 28/03/2012

  4. Ann Morris

    We went to see "Mary Shelley" on 31st March. The play was beautifully produced and the acting was excellent. We would have very much enjoyed the evening had we not had freezing draughty air blowing down from the ceiling onto us. During the interval we eventually found a sweet young lady who was apparently in charge and we complained about the cold and said that everyone round us were also complaining. She said she couldn't do anything about it as the system was old but she got me an enormous free cofee to warm me up. Another thing. When we arrived we looked for a programme but was told that they had run out of programmes. This was a pity as we were unable to know who the actors were and the story is so interesting and fortunately I had read a little about it on the net. I think it would have been helpful to have at least a sheet of paper giving some details of the cast and the plot.

    Customer Service Reply:

    Many thanks for your feedback from your recent visit and for drawing this matter to our attention. I would like to reassure you that the comfort of all our audience members is a priority and the temperature in the auditoriums is monitored on a daily basis. I've looked at the front of house report from Saturday 31 March where the duty manager working has noted the temperature in the auditorium was extremely cold and that the fans were switched off in the interval. Due to the size of the building and the age of our heating system unfortunately any changes to the system do not take immediate affect which may be a reason why the temperature did not improve throughout the performance. Please be assured that I will be reviewing this matter with our front of house team to help find solutions for the future.

    With regards to the lack of programmes for Mary Shelley we do have some programmes in stock - if you would like to contact info@wyp.org.uk and we can arrange for a programme to be sent out to you.

    DATE POSTED: 02/04/2012

  5. Julie Fisher

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    My daughters and I saw this last night (2nd April). We didn't know Mary's story so the subject matter was new and of interest, and a revelation! All three of us enjoyed the experience. The set, the music, and the acting were superb. The interplay between the characters was well constructed; the humorous elements delivered well and appreciated by the audience. I would certainly recommend this to friends.

    DATE POSTED: 03/04/2012

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Process Workshop
Thursday 22 March 4pm to 6pm

Insight into Shared Experience's Rehearsal Process for Mary Shelley. (For this event please book direct with Aoibheann Kelly, Creative Education Officer).

Theatre Day
Thursday 22 March 10.30am to 4.00pm.

Event 10.30am to 12.30pm. Matinee Performance 2pm

  • £19.50 per student including matinee show ticket

Led by Shared Experience, students are given a real insight into the rehearsal process behind the Production of 'Mary Shelley'. Watch as members of the cast are taken through rehearsal exercises and scene work asking for students' feedback along the way. Maximum 200 participant.

Resource Pack
A Resource Pack is available to download for this production.

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