National Theatre Live: "Frankenstein"
July 8, 2012
Screenings of the Best of British Theatre from the UK's Royal National Theatre of Great Britain!
Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) directs this visionary production of Mary Shelley's classic tale with two rising stars, Benedict Cumberbatch who plays the title character in the popular BBC series Sherlock, and Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Roger Collins in Tim Burton's new film Dark Shadows.
A unique part of this production is that the lead actors alternate performances in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature, each bringing their own vision and individual stamp.
Two electrifying broadcasts:
2pm: Benedict Cumberbatch is Frankenstein and Jonny Lee Miller is the Creature
6pm: Jonny Lee Miller is Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch is the the Creature
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.
The stage performance of Frankenstein is recorded in front of a live audience at the National Theatre in London and will be presented at Irvine Barclay Theatre in high definition.
"Cumberbatch's Creature is unforgettable... It is an astonishing performance." -The Guardian
"Boyle...pulls of something truly spectacular here." - Daily Telegraph
Performance Running Time: 2 hours (no interval)
Warning: This performance contains a scene with some nudity.