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How the great symphonies became our soundtrack to a changing world

1 October 2011 4:15 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This autumn the BBC will present a landmark season of TV and radio programmes to show how music has provided a rousing accompaniment to the march of history for 250 years

This was not the reception Beethoven had imagined. On 7 April 1805, when the last chord of his landmark Third Symphony rang out in Austria's Theater-an-der-Wien at the close of the first public performance, applause soon gave way to uneasy coughing. The dramatic and lengthy work, designed as a response to Napoleon's meteoric career, was dismissed by many in the Viennese audience as a misguided attempt to be original. Yet its new sound, marked by driving rhythms and military instrumentation, reflected the violent change in Europe and took orchestral music in a completely fresh direction.

This autumn the BBC is to attempt to present the 250-year-old tradition of the symphony in its proper context for the first time. Through an unprecedented series of television and radio programmes, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Stage Review: Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein' Is A Haunting Horror Show

11 April 2011 4:37 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When we interviewed Danny Boyle a few months back, around the time that his humanist survival tale "127 Hours" was hitting screens, we overheard him talking to someone about his upcoming "Frankenstein" play. "Would it play on the West End?" the person asked, referring to the London version of Broadway. "No, no, no," the typically exuberant Boyle said. "It's a little too extreme for that crowd." Now, having seen the play, we understand what he was talking about; Boyle's "Frankenstein" (written by Nick Dear) is pretty outrageous – it's violent, bleak, boundary-pushing stuff that's primarily concerned with aspects of sexuality… »

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Danny Boyle Returns To Theater

30 March 2011 2:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Oscar winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire) returns to the theatre to direct this visionary new production, Frankenstein by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley.

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.

April 2 at 11am: Benedict Cumberbatch (Creature), Jonny Lee Miller (Victor)

April 9 at 11am: Jonny Lee Miller (Creature), Benedict Cumberbatch (Victor)

You Can Catch Both Of These At The Tivoli Theater In St. Louis.

Synopsis:

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, »

- Melissa Howland

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Special Features: 'Frankenstein @ The National Theatre'

28 March 2011 9:06 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

In 2009 the National Theatre launched Nt Live, a project to broadcast their plays live to cinemas in the UK and around the world via satellite. The initiative has been a huge success, and next to reach cinemas is Academy Award winner Danny Boyle's much-lauded production of Frankenstein, which is playing at the National Theatre until May.

The myth of Dr Victor Frankenstein and his monstrous creation has become embedded in popular culture through countless stage and screen adaptations, from the 1930s Boris Karloff classics and the later Hammer Horror movies, to Kenneth Branagh's big-budget Frankenstein (1994). However, Boyle's adaptation bypasses film history and returns to the original source of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel. Scripted by Nick Dear, the play is an intelligent and sensitive re-imagining that combines spectacular imagery and intimate drama while capturing the spirit of Shelley's story. Dear's most ingenious move has been to strip down and »

- Matt Groizard

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Film News: Danny Boyle’s ‘Frankenstein’ to Screen at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre

23 March 2011 5:35 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Mary Shelley’s infamous monster is alive and well in Nick Dear’s acclaimed new stage adaptation set to be screened worldwide. It’s the latest installment of National Theatre Live, a series of high definition filmed performances released theatrically, courtesy of Britain’s National Theatre.

This hotly anticipated play marks the latest audacious collaboration between Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle and BAFTA-winning production designer Mark Tildesley. Actors Benedict Cumberbatch (“Atonement,” “Four Lions”) and Jonny Lee Miller (“Trainspotting,” “Mansfield Park”) alternate in the roles of deranged Dr. Frankenstein and his misunderstood Creature. Chicago audiences will have four opportunities to experience the show when it screens at the Music Box Theatre in late April and early May. Cumberbatch will portray the Creature April 27 and April 30. Miller will switch places with him during performances on May 4 and May 7.

Frankenstein designer Mark Tildesley stands outside Britain’s National Theatre.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Broadcast Venues For Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein” Stage Adaptation Co-Starring Naomie Harris

16 March 2011 5:35 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

***Update 3/16/11: Now you can find out whether this will be broadcast in a theater near you. Read the post below first, if you missed it the first time, and then click Here to find out if there’s a planned venue in your city.***

I knew that Danny Boyle was working on a stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic tale, Frankenstein… but what I didn’t know was that Naomie Harris was co-starring in it. What I also wasn’t aware of is that the play, written by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, will be broadcast live in HD from the National Theatre to cinemas around the world, starting March 17th.

A coincidence, considering my very recent post about filmed stage plays with Hollywood actors in starring roles.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and The Creature. Harris will play Elizabeth Lavenza, »

- Tambay

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New Art and U.S. Theatre Listings - Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

10 March 2011 11:10 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Oh, happy day! The complete movie theatre listings for Danny Boyle's stage production of Frankenstein are here, and you'll be happy to know it's opening pretty damned wide! See if it's playing by you and take a gander at the new one-sheet!

Mary Shelley's classic tale, adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, will be broadcast Live in HD from the National Theatre online to cinemas around the world! Click here for theatre listings!

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.

Synopsis

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.

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- Uncle Creepy

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Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein' Plays Movie Theaters Worldwide!

10 March 2011 9:50 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

You've been hearing a lot of Danny Boyle's stage play "Frankenstein," but who cares if you'll never see it? Wait, but you can, and you will! Mary Shelley's classic tale, adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, will be broadcast Live in HD from the Nation Theater to cinemas around the world! Inside you'll find the trailer and poster, while clicking here will provide you with a complete theater listing. "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." Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. »

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Frankenstein; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Blue Dragon – review

26 February 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Olivier; Donmar; Barbican, all London

In the centre of the Olivier stage is a pale disc like an enormous seed pod. Within it you can just make out a shadowy figure. It pulses, and the theatre reverberates to the beat of a heart. Serried ranks of bare bulbs sizzle, dip and flare, and out of the pod rips a pink, blotched, raw thing whose naked limbs have gone all wrong, as if they've been attached back to front: it slips around the stage in judders, as if it were allergic to the ground on which it has fallen. On one night that thing is Jonny Lee Miller; on the next, it is Benedict Cumberbatch.

The undoubted hit (real people, not just relatives and backers are up on their feet night after night at curtain call) that is Danny Boyle's production of Frankenstein depends on a gorgeously gargantuan feat of design by Mark Tildesley, »

- Susannah Clapp

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Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein Trailer

24 February 2011 9:21 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Now don't get too excited... Danny Boyle is not returning to the horror genre on the big screen (at least not yet). But he is directing a new stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for the National Theatre in London. The script was written by Nick Dear, and even though it is a play, it will be broadcast to select cinemas across the world via their National Theatre Live [1] program. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Hackers), and the interesting thing is that they are alternating roles with every performance. So one night Cumberbatch will play Doctor Frankenstein while Miller will play The Creature, then vice versa. After seeing Miller on this past season of Dexter, I can see him doing a great job with this, and I also really enjoyed Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as Sherlock Holmes. Check out a teaser trailer for the production »

- Sean

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What to say about ... Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

24 February 2011 9:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Danny Boyle's role-swapping production highlights the incestuous relationship between genius and madness. But which was the show itself?

If the critics' advice should ever be followed, and if you can get a ticket, then Frankenstein at the National is clearly the place to be. There was always going to be hype around any production that could promise Danny Boyle's return to the theatre, the presence of telly's Benedict Cumberbatch and American telly's Johnny Lee Miller, plus an original score from Underworld. (That's a three-way Trainspotting reunion, 90s fans.) What is never guaranteed is a good reaction from the reviewers. Let alone the kind of ecstasy that Frankenstein provoked.

"The opening 10 minutes are stunning," says Henry Hitchings in the Standard, setting the scene. "They are as atmospheric as theatre ever gets. When the naked Creature emerges from a papery womb, he writhes spectacularly. Slowly he adjusts to his surroundings, »

- Leo Benedictus

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What to say about ... Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

24 February 2011 9:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Danny Boyle's role-swapping production highlights the incestuous relationship between genius and madness. But which was the show itself?

If the critics' advice should ever be followed, and if you can get a ticket, then Frankenstein at the National is clearly the place to be. There was always going to be hype around any production that could promise Danny Boyle's return to the theatre, the presence of telly's Benedict Cumberbatch and American telly's Johnny Lee Miller, plus an original score from Underworld. (That's a three-way Trainspotting reunion, 90s fans.) What is never guaranteed is a good reaction from the reviewers. Let alone the kind of ecstasy that Frankenstein provoked.

"The opening 10 minutes are stunning," says Henry Hitchings in the Standard, setting the scene. "They are as atmospheric as theatre ever gets. When the naked Creature emerges from a papery womb, he writhes spectacularly. Slowly he adjusts to his surroundings, »

- Leo Benedictus

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Frankenstein - review

23 February 2011 4:46 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Olivier Theatre, London

Forget Boris Karloff with a bolt through his neck. Forget even Peter Boyle as the new, improved monster singing Puttin' On The Ritz in the Mel Brooks pastiche. What you get in Danny Boyle's production and Nick Dear's adaptation of Mary Shelley's mythic fable, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating as Victor Frankenstein and the Creature, is neither shlock nor satire. Instead it's a humane, intelligent retelling of the original story in which much of the focus is on the plight of the obsessive scientist's sad creation, who becomes his alter ego and his nemesis: it's rather like seeing The Tempest rewritten from Caliban's point of view.

As a piece of staging, it is brilliant. But, before listing its virtues, one has to concede that Boyle and Dear, in focusing more on the victim than on Victor, downplay some of Shelley's themes. »

- Michael Billington

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Trailer for Danny Boyle’s Stage Production of Frankenstein

23 February 2011 3:00 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Danny Boyle is back in theatreland (where he began his career) with a production of Nick Dear’s Frankenstein for the National Theatre on London’s Southback. Bleeding Cool has posted a teaser trailer of sorts, which is embedded below.

The director is reunited with Trainspotting actor Jonny Lee Miller and the nation’s second favorite  Sherlock Homes, Benedict Cumberbatch is also onboard for this adaptation of Shelley’s classic. The added attraction here is that both actors will be swapping roles throughout the production. Wonder if this will encourage theatergoers to make a return visit to see both performances?

Frankenstein will be broadcast to cinemas as a part of National Theatre Live on 17th March 2011.

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- Adam Lowes

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Trailer For Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein Stage Production

23 February 2011 9:45 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Danny Boyle’s much hyped stage production of Frankenstein begins at the National Theatre in London next Tuesday (though it’s previewing now) and will continue through March, starring Johnny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) and Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock) in the lead roles. The real selling point of the play, I’m told, is that Miller and Cumberbatch have both prepared performances as both Frankenstein and his monster – and depending on which night you attend, will determine which performance you see.

A pretty neat gimmick and one that will no doubt get a few people buying multiple tickets to see how both performances compare. Here’s a newly released and compelling trailer for the production;

With not living in London myself, I’m often frustrated by not being able to see such cool shows on stage but the really great thing about Boyle’s Frankenstein is that the plan is »

- Matt Holmes

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The Trailer to Danny Boyle's Frankenstein

23 February 2011 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Taking a brief break from filmmaking to return to the stage, Danny Boyle's direction of Nick Dear's stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's original "Frankenstein" is now getting a limited theatrical release in England, the trailer for which is viewable below. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in alternating live performances as either Victor Frankesntein or the Creature, the play will screen in select theaters on March 17th and March 24th (swapping the roles). For details on the live cinema shows, visit National Theatre Live . »

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Far From Ordinary: A Danny Boyle Profile (Part 2)

19 February 2011 2:11 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Academy Award-winning British director Danny Boyle in the second of a two part feature... read part one here.

“I like extreme films, where you put somebody in the most extreme circumstances you can imagine and see what they can do with it,” explained Manchester-born director Danny Boyle who expanded the opening two lines of a zombie horror script into a dramatic twenty-minute sequence. “A guy wakes up in a hospital and there’s not a single person in the whole city. What a great starting point for a film.” 28 Days Later (2002) follows a small group of survivors trying to find a safe haven four weeks after a mysterious virus spreads throughout the United Kingdom. The $8 million production written by novelist Alex Garland (The Beach) stars Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Naomie Harris (Miami Vice), Christopher Eccleston (Elizabeth), Noah Huntley (Event Horizon), Brendan Gleeson (Green Zone »

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Frankenstein on stage: a case of double vision?

17 February 2011 6:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Twelfth Night to Danny Boyle's new production at the National Theatre, theatre adores twins and doppelgangers. What's really going on?

Danny Boyle's hotly anticipated production of Frankenstein, in a new version by Nick Dear, opens next week at the National theatre. The show's two leads, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, will be alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature, so, unless they can afford to go twice, audience members are going to have to choose which way round they want to see the casting. But is this doubling up just an astute marketing ploy? Or is it, perhaps, a broader commentary? Can the relationship of Frankenstein and the Creature tell us anything about the symbiotic relationship of stage and audience? Even about the theatre itself?

There is quite a history of doubling parts in the theatre. The renowned 19th-century actors William Macready and Samuel »

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Frankenstein at the National Theatre

11 February 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the new adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel, the two leads switch between the roles of Frankenstein and his 'hideous progeny', telling the story from the creature's point of view

"And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper . . ." Thus Mary Shelley, prefacing the revised 1831 edition of her Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. By then she had possibly surmised that a novel she wrote when she was not quite 19 had begun to take on the poetic force of myth. Several unlicensed stage versions had thrilled the rowdier London venues through the 1820s, and Shelley understood that polite society did wonder how a mere girl had conceived of "so very hideous an idea".

Today nearly everybody knows – or thinks they know – the tale of Frankenstein: an unhinged visionary doctor who makes the crude shape of a man from grave-robbed body parts and brings it to life, »

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Danny Boyle’s ‘Frankenstein’ Stage Play to be Broadcast in Cinemas

9 February 2011 6:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Director Danny Boyle won't be making a new film for the next year, because he's got a National Theatre [1] stage version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to direct in the UK, and then he's got to work on pageantry for the London Olympics. The first ten weeks of Frankenstein are already sold out, but due to that success the production has been given a longer life, and tickets for performances into May will be on sale soon. For everyone else, however, there is still a way to see Danny Boyle's Frankenstein, as an performance of the play will be broadcast to 375 screens around the world -- 85 in the Us -- on March 17. Deadline [2] says that there will also be a second broadcast for the UK and Europe on March 24. And there's an interesting twist to that encore broadcast: two key actors will switch roles. Frankenstein, adapted by Nick Dear, »

- Russ Fischer

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