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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary’s Shelley’s Frankenstein, we are delighted to be joined by Sir Christopher Frayling and Kathryn Harkup for a special film screening and Q&A session.

After a screening of Hammer Films’ gothic classic The Curse of Frankenstein, authors and Frankenstein experts Kathryn and Sir Christopher will discuss the life and work of Shelley, the origins of her seminal story and its cultural impact.

Sir Christopher’s recently published Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years explores the journey of a novel that went from a limited run of 500 copies to a cultural phenomenon that to date has spawned 120 movie adaptations and countless TV, stage, comic book and graphic novel interpretations.

Kathryn Harkup is a chemist, science communicator and author, whose Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, recently published by Bloomsbury, explores the scientific background to the book.

The screening and Q&A will be followed by a book signing with Kathryn and Sir Christopher. Copies of Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years and Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will be available to purchase on the night.


The Curse of Frankenstein

(Dir. Terence Fisher, UK, 1957, Running Time 83 mins, Certificate 12A)

One of the many adaptations of Shelley’s classic Gothic tale, this is the movie that made Hammer Films a 20th Century horror powerhouse and stars of its lead actors Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

The night before his execution for murder, Baron Frankenstein recounts his controversial experiments to create life in a version of Mary Shelley’s novel that ruefully captures the moral complexity of the story while losing none of its devastating irony.

Shot in colour, The Curse of Frankenstein’s unflinching depictions of Frankenstein’s grisly experiments shocked and appalled critics but thrilled audiences at the time, and it remains a classic of the horror movie genre.