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National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2011)

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Created by Victor Frankenstein, the one known only as the creature sets out to discover the world and the meaning of life.

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The Creature / Victor Frankenstein
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The Creature / Victor Frankenstein
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Gretel / Clarice
John Killoran ...
Gustav / Constable
Steven Elliot ...
Klaus
Lizzie Winkler ...
Agatha de Lacey
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Daniel Millar ...
Felix de Lacey
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Elizabeth Lavenza
Hayden Downing ...
William Frankenstein
William Nye ...
William Frankenstein
Jared Richard ...
William Frankenstein
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M. Frankenstein
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Martin Chamberlain ...
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Created by Victor Frankenstein, the one known only as the creature sets out to discover the world and the meaning of life.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomie Harris previously co-starred together in 'Small Island (TV Movie 2009)' See more »

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The Creature: I should be Adam. God was proud of Adam. But Satan's the one I sympathise with. For I was cast out, like Satan, though I did no wrong. And when I see others content, I feel the bile rise in my throat, and it tastes like Satan's bile!
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truly amazing

First of all the experience of "almost" being there was really unique... the sound in the cinema was up nice and loud so you really FELT the sound like you would in the theatre.... and what a brilliant way for thousands of people to enjoy the performances of the National Theatre....

Okay so now on to the play itself... WOW!!! The set design and staging were wonderful, innovative, with minimalist hints of all the locales... Danny Boyle's direction was inspired and energetic...but the ACTING, well really something to behold...

The premise here is an actor's dream.. the actors switch nightly in playing the roles of Victor and the Creature. This is truly inspired, especially since the characters are each a side of the other. Before the performance there was a short behind-the-scenes film, and Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch talked about how they approached the roles... but seeing is believing.. The performance I saw was with Cumberbatch at the Creature and Miller as Victor Frankenstein.. both were very good, but the show belongs to the Creature... and Cumberbatch was INCREDIBLE! the sheer physical demands of the performance had me tired just watching!! The play really focuses on the Creature's growth from stumbling, grunting "thing" to a fully-formed thinking being. "Frankenstein" is one of my favorite novels and I think I have seen just about every film adaptation, and at least one other stage version. Highly recommended!!!


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