Danny Boyle’s stage play of the legendary Frankenstein story was a huge success when it showed last year. Thanks to The National Theatre Live, the show was also broadcast live to cinemas around the UK, and the play became a bit of a phenomenon, with extra shows added to meet demand. Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller alternated roles of Victor Frankenstein and The Creature, with many fans going twice to see the different actors play their roles.
The show was written by Nick Dear, and is based on Mary Shelley’s classic tale, and Danny Boyle directed. After such a huge success last year, the show returns for encore screenings this summer, and though no dates have yet been confirmed the plan is to broadcast the event live once again to selected cinemas, courtesy of The National Theatre Live. For regular updates and the chance to buy tickets, click here
A new trailer for the show has also been released, and you can view it at the bottom of this post.
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development, and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic Gothic tale.
By Matt Wavish