Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years

Duration: 150 min

To celebrate his latest book, Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years, we're delighted to welcome Sir Christopher Frayling to introduce a screening of The Curse of Frankenstein. The screening will be followed by a book-signing session with Sir Christopher.

The book, celebrating the 200th birthday of Frankenstein, will trace, in colourful and engaging ways, its journey from limited edition literature to the bloodstream of contemporary culture. It includes new research on the novel's origins, and a facsimile reprint of the earliest-known manuscript version of the creation scene; visual material on adaptations for the stage and many of the film versions; as well as Frankenstein in popular culture.


Director: Terence Fisher. Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart. UK 1957, 83 mins.

The 1957 breakthrough Hammer horror made stars of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee while revitalising and reinventing the ailing horror genre. Shot in colour, The Curse of Frankenstein proved a visceral retelling of Mary Shelley's story, with eyeballs, severed hands and surgical procedures presented in a relatively unflinching style. The film was met with great enthusiasm by audiences, but alienated and horrified critics.

General admission screenings

Thu 15th Mar

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