A new play by Nick Dear based on the novel by Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and realised by Danny Boyle in his return to the theatre after winning the Academy Award for best director for Slumdog Millionaire.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.

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Venue: Olivier Theatre

Frankenstein is to open on 5 February 2011


Frankenstein will also be show in LIVE cinemas around the UK on the 17th of March 2011. Check this site for details!



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National Theatre Live Frankenstein encore Screenings

Encore screenings of Frankenstein will be taking place during the summer.The sold out production will be returning to cinema screens.

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Female Frankenstein theatre fans disappointed with filmed performance

Female theatre fans have been left disappointed with the filmed performance of the National Theatre’s current hit Frankenstein.

Whilst the theatre version of the Danny Boyle-directed show features Dr F’s monster, played in alternate performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, thrashing about naked following his ‘birth’, the actors have donned flesh-coloured pants for the performance currently being shown in cinemas worldwide.

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Frankenstein: Man or monster?

Boyle's one problem was: "Could we find two actors who could do it?" Through auditions he chose Benedict Cumberbatch, who last year became one of Britain's leading young actors, both in the theatre – he was impeccable as a lethally bored socialite in After the Dance – and on TV, as a fiercely modern Sherlock Holmes. A rifle through his own back catalogue led Boyle back to Jonny Lee Miller, who played Sick Boy in his 1996 film Trainspotting. It would be easy to assume that director and actor were marking time until the opportunity arose to collaborate again: in fact, says Miller, "I hadn't had any contact with Danny since then."

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What to say about ... Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

"The opening 10 minutes are stunning," says Henry Hitchings in the Standard, setting the scene. "They are as atmospheric as theatre ever gets. When the naked Creature emerges from a papery womb, he writhes spectacularly. Slowly he adjusts to his surroundings, and his tentative engagement with the world is thrillingly conveyed." Charles Spencer in the Telegraph agrees: "At its best," he writes, "there is no doubt that Frankenstein is the most viscerally exciting and visually stunning show in town." Even the Mail's Patrick Marmion manages not to take umbrage at all the genitals on display. "Despite all the hype, the show does not disappoint," he enthuses. "Boyle directs the gothic classic like a kid in a toy shop."

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Underworld to score Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

Underworld are once again collaborating with Danny Boyle, teaming up with the director for his stage adaptation of Frankenstein. The National Theatre production will feature a "soundscore" by dance duo Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, who are bringing the monster to life with crackling electronics and pounding bass.

Boyle and Underworld have a history of collaboration. In 1996, the director's use of Born Slippy .NUXX in Trainspotting catapulted the dance act to stardom. Hyde and Smith later co-wrote the score to Sunshine, Boyle's 2007 science-fiction film.

Frankenstein is already in rehearsals in London and will open next year. With an original script by Nick Dear, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller are to alternate in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creature.

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Harris joins Boyle's Frankenstein

Naomie Harris has joined the cast of Danny Boyle's play, Frankenstein.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean actress, who previously worked with the director in 28 Days Later, will play orphan Elizabeth Lavenza in the National Theatre production, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller's alternating role as Victor Frankenstein and The Creature.

The Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker will helm the play, which has been adapted by Nick Dear and based on the best-selling classic novel by Mary Shelley.

The production runs at the Olivier Theatre at the National in London from February 5 to April 17.

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A monster double act for Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has come up with a radical vision for his stage version of Frankenstein by casting two stars - Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller - to play the much misunderstood creature.

The actors will play Mary Shelley’s literary creations - the monster and his creator Dr Frankenstein - on alternate nights at the National Theatre when performances begin in early February on the building’s Olivier stage.

‘They’ll share it,’ Boyle told me exclusively. ‘One night one will be Frankenstein, while the other will play his creator Victor,’ he said, adding that sharing the role will keep the production fresh.

Also, the show - a major coup for the National and artistic chief Nicholas Hytner - will be told from the monster’s point of view.

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