National Theatre Live: Season 2, Episode 4

Frankenstein (17 Mar. 2011)

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Gretel / Clarice
John Killoran ...
Gustav / Constable
Steven Elliot ...
Klaus
Lizzie Winkler ...
Agatha de Lacey
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de Lacey
Daniel Millar ...
Felix de Lacey
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Hayden Downing ...
William Frankenstein
William Nye ...
William Frankenstein
Jared Richard ...
William Frankenstein
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M. Frankenstein
Daniel Ings ...
Servant
Martin Chamberlain ...
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Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who share the roles of Doctor Frankenstein and his creature, both went on to play modern-day incarnations of Sherlock Holmes. Cumberbatch played the title role on 'Sherlock (2010) (TV)', while Miller played the role on 'Elementary (2012) (TV)'. Cumberbatch's series set the stories in modern-day London, while Miller's set the stories in modern-day New York City. See more »

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Saw it again last night with the reverse cast
1 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Last night I saw the second screening of Frankenstein. The movie theatre showed the play twice, two weeks apart, the first time with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature, the second time with Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature.

Since it was my second time watching the play I was really interested to see how the different actors would interpret the monster. JLM initially interpreted the monster initially hesitant and drooling, basing his on monster his two year old son. BC based his monster on stroke victims, so less drolling but also less overall control of his limbs. Amazing how the same yet different.

I'd have to say, after watching both castings, I am slightly biased towards Jonny Lee Miller as the better monster and Benedict Cumberbatch the better Doctor. The play started with the creature "being born" and then learning to walk. When BC played the monster, that was the only part of the play I didn't like. BC took nearly 20 minutes of flopping around the stage, which was very "arty" but a bit too long. For JLM his beginning was much shorter, which I appreciated, as it brought the rest of the fantastic dialogue in sooner. (Or maybe I was just more prepared for the opening this time around).

For myself it was the scene with just the monster and the doctor talking in the mountain cave that was phenomenal with this casting! When the monster asks the doctor to make him a bride, Jonny Lee Miller brought such a "theatrical" flare to the creature, it reminded me of both Shakespeare and Phantom of the Opera. BC as the neurotic doctor was spot on as you could almost follow his decent into madness.

I hope they end up putting this filming out on DVD just so I can rewatch this over and over (They probably won't, but I can dream!) So well done!


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