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Frankenstein in Bath

#46 of 113 Tours in Bath
Bath, United Kingdom
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About Frankenstein in Bath
Best Live Performance, Creative Bath Awards 2017 Show Of Strength Theatre Company's FRANKENSTEIN IN BATH reveals an extraordinary, and forgotten, story: how Mary Shelley wrote much of her iconic novel in Bath in 1816/17. Mary and her step sister, Claire Clairmont, lived in Bath for nearly six months. They brought several dark secrets with them and, as autumn turned into winter, a chain of tragic events unfolded around them. The tour reveals the secrets and scandals behind FRANKENSTEIN’s creation, and takes visitors on an extraordinary adventure that explores many unmarked locations - including where Mary wrote her story. The tour starts outside The Abbey Hotel, North Parade – an address Mary visited many times – and ends nearby. Route about a mile, easy walking with stops along the way, lasts c 75 minutes – in plenty time for an 8pm dinner in one of Bath’s excellent restaurants. 2017: 1 July to 30 September, Wed – Sat 6.30 pm; Sundays 4.30pm (not Mon/Tue). All tickets £8, cash only, at the start of the walk – no need to book. Advance booking, if required, at Bath Visitor Information Centre Private tours welcome, by arrangement. The event is not recommended for under 12s.
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Fiona Roscoe wrote a review Jul 2021
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This scores 5/5 on every level! Brilliant adaption of one of Bath’s 5 storey Georgian houses with every room creating an atmosphere with sound, lighting, smells and art work to tell the story of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein. Interesting from a history, literature, science, art, cinema, social, feminist perspective. Creepy, terrifying, tragic. Incredible detail and sensitive interpretation of Mary Shelley’s monster- huge, breathing and impressive, even to my cynical 14 year old son. The basement is petrifying! Not one for children under 12 or tacky thrill seekers. This is serious, educational, impressive, and tasteful. Absolutely superb!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Countess51 wrote a review Nov 2019
Bath, England, United Kingdom8 contributions9 helpful votes
A gothic November moon provided the perfect setting for our ‘electric’ tour of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Our host was engaging , knowledgeable and funny. I live and work in Bath and to my shame knew little about this literary connection. I would thoroughly recommend this tour. An hour and half of delicious vignettes that could provide an Eastenders Christmas cliffhanger. Bohemian lifestyles a gogo. Phew.! Mary Shelley - better a great novel than a few poems eh Percy? ACE.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Sheila H, Manager at Frankenstein in Bath
Responded 9 Nov 2019
What a lovely review - and a lovely group for the last night Frankenstein of 2019. So glad you enjoyed and thanks for taking the time to say so.
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Harry W wrote a review Oct 2019
Chippenham, United Kingdom10 contributions
Another great tour by Show of Strength and I would much recommend for those who may like to know more about the wonderful gothic creation by Mary Shelley. The story is delivered with both knowledge and gusto, holding the attention of the audience throughout the walk. A ‘gothic’ masterpiece in its own right.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Sheila H, Manager at Frankenstein in Bath
Responded 23 Oct 2019
Sorry for slow response, thought I'd done it! So pleased you liked and thanks so much for taking the time and trouble to say so.
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Phoenix wrote a review Sept 2019
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I have attended three walks in Bath and this is the best. Well researched with less known infomation.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Sheila H, Manager at Frankenstein in Bath
Responded 24 Sept 2019
Thank you so much for this - hugely appreciated, not just for promoting the tour but in spreading the word about Mary Shelley's time in Bath.
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Claire wrote a review Sept 2019
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Captivated from the very first moment! The woman giving the tour was kind and inviting as she waited for a few guests but soon she began her theatrical speile into Gothic Bath. Every journey seemed quick with her lovely extra facts and chat. What a brilliant host. She even dressed the part with a steam punk hat! I didn't know how selacious and full of gossip the Shelley tale was. We had to grab a drink after to talk all the secrets over that we'd learnt. It was a great introduction to the town of Bath and helped us navigate throughout our holidays that weekend. She never went too fast as we walked around and kept us in quiet spots to hear her extraordinary stories. Thankful for all the work she'd done to put Mary on the map. Wish we'd immediately go to the other places to see the other tours available as this was incredible.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Sheila H, Manager at Frankenstein in Bath
Responded 18 Dec 2019
No idea why but only just seen this - what a lovely review, thank you so much. We're entering Bath Life Awards so I'm looking at feedback . Don't know how I missed this till now but will be quoting your words in our nomination. Thanks again Claire, hugely appreciated.
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