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Sea Change

A play about Shelley


  • Playwright

    Christine Longford 

  • Setting

    The sitting-room of a flat in Pisa. The Casa Magni, Lerici.

  • Synopsis

    In January 1822, Shelley and his second wife Mary and their child Percy Florence were living in a flat in Pisa; their friends Captain and Mrs. Williams, with their two children, lived in a flat in the same house. Lord Byron was also in Pisa. Mary Shelley's half-sister, Claire Claremont, the mother of Byron's child Allegra, was living in Florence. Allegra, aged five, was in a convent at Bagnacavallo. Edward John Trelawny, a sailor and friend of Williams, came to join the circle in Pisa. He had a sailing boat built for Shelley and Williams, who were looking forward to spending the summer by the sea.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Jane Williams Cathleen Delany
Edward John Trelawny Ronald Ibbs
Mary Shelley Maureen Halligan
Mrs. Mason Nora O'Mahony
Percy Bysshe Shelley Blake Gifford
Claire Claremont Vivien Dillon
Captain Edward Williams Charles Blair
Lord Byron John Izon
Mr. Mason John Kelly (1)
Caterina Noel Delaney
Production Team  
Set Designer Carl Bonn
Costume Designer Carl Bonn
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician Alice Brough
Musician Annie McNally
Produced by Gerald Pringle (1)
Set Construction Michael Lambert
Set Painter Carl Bonn
Costumes cut by Christina Keely
Costume Construction Carl Bonn


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Lady Boyd

  • Address

    Ince Castle

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)1752 842 672

  • Email


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme