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National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

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December 2013
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Saturday December 07, 2013
Performances no longer available.
Part of
A new play by Nick Dear
Based on the novel by Mary Shelley
Directed by Danny Boyle

This screening was recorded from an earlier live performance.

National Theatre Live’s 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein returns as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations. Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs this sensational production, with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) as the creature and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS’s Elementary) as Victor Frankenstein. Cumberbatch and Miller shared the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for their performances.

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.

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