Tricycle rides to ‘Mary Shelley’

Slate includes Ayckbourn, Harrower plays

A new drama about Mary Shelley, author of the original “Frankenstein” novel, and London premieres of plays by Alan Ayckbourn and David Harrower are on on the spring/summer slate for London’s Tricycle theater.

“Mary Shelley,” a West Yorkshire Playhouse, Shared Experience and Nottingham Playhouse co-production, is written by Helen Edmundson, whose hit adaptation of Brit children’s classic “Swallows and Amazons” is on a U.K. tour. Directed by Polly Teale, the play examine Shelley’s private life as she elopes at the age of 16 with the poet Shelley and, three years later, writes her famous novel. With a cast led by Kristin Atherton as Mary, the production runs June 12-July 7.

Prior to this, prolific Brit scribe Ayckbourn’s 75th play “Neighborhood Watch” will receive its London premiere (Apr. 10-May 5) in the author’s original 2011 production. Edinburgh Festival hit “A Slow Air,” written and directed by David Harrower and produced by Tron Theater Company, will play May 8-June 2. Unusually, both productions will have had Gotham berths at 59E59 prior to these London outings.

Other highlights of the summer programming include a five-week festival of work from Trinidad and Tobago to coincide with London’s Olympic Games.

The season is the last under outgoing a.d. Nicolas Kent. Indhu Rubasingham takes up her appointment in May and is expected to announce her first season later that month.

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