I followed nature into her lair, and stripped her of her secrets! I brought torrents of light to a darkening world! Is that wrong?
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller star in Frankenstein
Danny Bolye’s acclaimed theatrical production of Frankenstein for London’s National Theatre is set for worldwide cinematic release this June.
In this latest reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic and deeply disturbing Gothic novel (first published in 1818), playwright Nick Dear aims to tell the story from the point of view of Creature – the hideous creation of scientist Victor Frankenstein, who has brought him to life from grave-robbed body parts. Childlike in his innocence, the bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker, and meets with cruelty wherever he goes. Friendless, increasingly desperate and vengeful, the Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
The production marks Danny Boyle’s return to the theatre after winning the Academy Award for best director for Slumdog Millionaire
. Frankenstein stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
, TV's Sherlock
) and Jonny Lee Miller (who played Sick Boy in Trainspotting
This National Theatre production underscores the work's underlying ideas of duality between creation and creator by alternating Cumberbatch and Miller's nightly performances in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and Creature. The production won Best Actor at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Best Designer at Critics Circle Theatre and Best Director at the What’s On Stage Awards.
In a Guardian interview
at the time of the theatrical production, neither actor claimed to find one or other character easier or preferable. And it was Boyle's intention that Frankenstein and Creature should "become the same in a way: two strands of the same part".
The play also delves into modern concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil.
Details of release dates will be announced soon.
Performance Running Time: Approximately two hours (no interval).
Suitable only for 15 years+
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Praise for Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein
from the UK press:
"Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller lend both gravitas and a frightening physical immediacy." – Sunday Express
"The National Theatre has a hit on its hands...the opening 10 minutes are stunning. They are as atmospheric as theatre ever gets." – Evening Standard
"Cumberbatch's Creature is unforgettable... It is an astonishing performance." – Guardian