Frankenstein: National Theatre, London. A new play by Nick Dear

Posted by Glennis Byron on November 23, 2010 in News tagged with , ,


Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire).

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will be alternating the roles of Frankenstein and his monster.

Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumbernatch

Frankenstein in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre will start previews from 5 February with press nights on 22 and 23 February, and the show is currently booking until 17 April, with further dates to be announced. The show is suitable only for 15 years+. Public booking for Frankenstein opens on 1 December 2010.

A series of special Platforms talks called ‘Beyond Frankenstein’ will run alongside the production:

Frankenstein on Film on  24 February looks at Hollywood and the Frankenstein story

Frankenstein’s Science on 4 March sees Dr Brian Cox talk to Richard Holmes about the science behind Mary Shelley’s creature

Frankenstein’s Creator: Mary Shelley on 15 March sees acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin discuss the life of the author of Frankenstein

• Josephine Hart presents Romantic Poetry on 15 April, revealing the works of Shelley, Byron and their Romantic contemporaries.

Frankenstein will also be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and around the world on 17 March as part of National Theatre Live.

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