Sat 6th – Mon 29th Aug 2011


“It’s Summer 1816 and it’s raining.”





ADC theatre


It’s Summer 1816 and it’s raining. Byron has fled Britain

in scandal and languishes in a Swiss villa with writer’s

block and a male lover. Mary and Percy Shelley come to

visit – but why?

What starts as an innocent writing contest spawns surprise arrivals, rivalries and romance, and the most enduring monster the world has known. This is the moment Frankenstein was born.

This hour of comedy and scandal unearths the creation of Frankenstein. A new story about a known story, Fantasmagoriana brings these Romantics to life with modern language and Regency ambience. As great minds clash, picnic and jockey to outwrite, the comedy reveals how Mary Shelley concocts her tale – but nearly doesn’t.

Writer Tamara Micner conceived Fantasmagoriana as an undergraduate at Yale University, under the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies.

Director Georgia Hume has worked under Lasse Hallström, Deepak Nayer, Jonathan Newman and others on films including Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Foster and The Extra Man. Composer James Welland, a Musical Composition postgraduate at Cambridge, has created music for a documentary narrated by Stephen Fry, works for London jazz ensembles and contemporary classical works.

Collectively, the Fantasmagoriana cast have starred in more than forty Cambridge productions.

The ADC Theatre, Cambridge is Britain’s oldest University playhouse. Plays have been performed on the site of the Theatre since 1855, when the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club was founded, and the society met in the back room of a hotel. Whilst every performer and technician is an unpaid volunteer, the impressive alumni list proves how many have gone on to great success in the theatre industry. The ADC presents two shows every evening during university term, as well as a range of other programming outside of term from local and touring drama groups.

‘Micner’s script is strikingly witty and polished, with some killer lines…

intelligent, funny and certainly worth seeing’


Admission: £8.50(£7.50) – £10.50(£9.50)

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