Skint Productions UK
Direct from a sell out national tour of the UK, Manchester theatre company Skint Productions UK arrive in New York, playing at the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street for a limited engagement 19th to 24th September 2017.
‘Beautiful Monster’ is a daring new play by Skint’s creative director Karlton Parris depicting the final hours of the life of iconic author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. On the very eve of her expected death, gripped by madness, Mary is visited by the dead, husband and Romantic poet Percy Shelley, their shared lover Lord Byron and arch literary rival John William Polidori, author of the first known vampire fiction, penned the same night as Frankenstein on that now infamous night of ghost stories at Villa Diodati upon the banks of Lake Geneva. As the clock ticks towards Mary’s mortality, she recalls in a series of heart wrenching hallucinations the epic confrontations with Percy’s formidable mother, Elizabeth Pilfold Shelley, the tender friendship of her loving step sister Claire Clairmont, and sees her younger self capturing the essence of a time when her mind and body were blemish free, and in a truly terrifying twist, she is confronted by the very monster she created.