National Theatre Live Encores: Frankenstein


A new play by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller

Directed by Danny Boyle

Screening from November 23


National Theatre Live’s 2011 production of Frankenstein returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs a sensational production with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS’s Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

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.

★★★★★ The Times

★★★★ Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Time Out

'A theatrical coup.' The Times

'A thrill. The most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town.' Daily Telegraph

'The actors complement each other perfectly.' Guardian

'A monster hit.' Time Out

‘A memorable production... will doubtless be spoken of for years to come.' Daily Mail


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