For the first time ever, National Theatre Live will broadcast two separate performances of a production. Throughout the run of Frankenstein at the National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller are alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. Audiences in cinemas will have the chance to see both combinations, with two broadcasts a week apart.
17 March: Benedict Cumberbatch (Creature), Jonny Lee Miller (Victor)
24 March: Jonny Lee Miller (Creature), Benedict Cumberbatch (Victor)
* and varying dates internationally. These broadcasts have recently been announced and tickets will be going on sale over the coming days.
Both versions of the production will be filmed on 17 March. The evening performance, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Frankenstein, will be broadcast live to cinemas in the UK and some venues abroad on 17 March at 7.00pm GMT as already announced. The additional filmed performance with the leading roles reversed – Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Frankenstein – will be screened in the UK and Europe on 24 March, also at 7.00pm GMT (with worldwide screenings at a later date).
Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) returns to the theatre to direct this visionary new production.
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.
Performance Running Time: Approximately 2 hours (no interval)
Suitable only for 15yrs+
Find your nearest participating cinema.
– From National Theatre Live website
Check out the venue for Bristol (UK) here:Vue Cinema Longwell Green
And if all this juicy resurrected goodness isn’t enough for you. Underworld are doing the score. OM-fekking-G.
Update 25th Feb 2011 – Guardian website publishes photos from the show:
copyright Tristram Kenton - Guardian (click on image to view more, new window)
UPDATE (25th March 2011):
Here’s my review of the show
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