Monster Day 03: “Birth of The Franchise”
The very first production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was in 1823, just a few years after the novel was first published. Presumption The Fate of Frankenstein was a 3 act play. The first run had 37 performances and was in circuit until 1850. The play was created by Richard Brinsley Peake and is credited for the famous line “It lives!!” The play also featured a blue skinned Monster/Creation.
Mary Shelley herself attended one of the performances with her father. Shelley was favorable of the adaptation and was especially happy with the portrayal of the Monster.
Trivia: Actor Thomas Cooke not only made Shelley’s Monster famous but he also had the role of the Hero in the play adaptation of Polidori and Byron’s The Vampyre forever linking him to the fateful night in Geneva.