Frankenstein adapted as a musical melodrama


This reworking of the Frankenstein story as a comic musical drama indicates how deeply the story became embedded in English-speaking cultural life. The story retains the essential aspect of the creation of a monster, but introduces a vampire, sailors, gipsies and a scene in which the monster serves as a special police constable in Trafalgar Square.

Full title:
Frankenstein. Burlesque Melodrama, written by R. Henry, with incidental songs by R. Martin
1888, London
Music / Illustration / Image
Richard Henry, Meyer Lutz
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Public Domain
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British Library

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