Theatre Research International


The Hideous Progenies of Richard Brinsley Peake: Frankenstein on the Stage, 1823 to 1826*

Steven Earl Forrya1

a1 Steven Earl ForryColumbia University

On 22 July 1823 William Godwin addressed the following in a letter to Mary Shelley, who was returning to London after five years on the Continent:

It is a curious circumstance that a play is just announced, to be performed at the English Opera House in the Strand next Monday, entitled, Presumption, or the Fate of Frankenstein. I know not whether it will succeed. If it does, it will be some sort of feather in the cap of the author of the novel, a recommendation in your future negociations with booksellers.


* This work was supported by a grant from the Mrs Giles Whiting Foundation.