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Frankenstein (2011)

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (original title)
Created by Victor Frankenstein, the one known only as the creature sets out to discover the world and the meaning of life.

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writers:

Nick Dear (play), Mary Shelley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... The Creature / Victor Frankenstein
Jonny Lee Miller ... The Creature / Victor Frankenstein
Ella Smith ... Gretel / Clarice
John Killoran John Killoran ... Gustav / Constable
Steven Elliot Steven Elliot ... Klaus
Lizzie Winkler Lizzie Winkler ... Agatha de Lacey
Karl Johnson ... de Lacey
Daniel Millar Daniel Millar ... Felix de Lacey
Naomie Harris ... Elizabeth Lavenza
Haydon Downing Haydon Downing ... William Frankenstein (as Hayden Downing)
Will Nye ... William Frankenstein (as William Nye)
Jared Richard Jared Richard ... William Frankenstein
George Harris ... M. Frankenstein
Daniel Ings ... Servant
Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain ... Servant
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein See more »

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Trivia

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), while Miller played the role on Elementary (2012). Cumberbatch's series set the stories in modern-day London, while Miller's set the stories in modern-day New York City. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Frankenstein: A Modern Myth (2012) See more »

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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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