Mary Shelley's novel is adapted for the National Theatre stage by Nick Dear, in a production directed by award-winning film director Danny Boyle.
In an ingenious twist, audiences will be able to see leads Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch playing both Frankenstein and the creature, as they will alternate roles on different nights. Miller, who appeared in Boyle's Trainspotting, makes his National Theatre debut after West End performances in Festen and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. Cumberbatch recently appeared in After The Dance at the National Theatre and on television in the title role of Sherlock.
'Gentle reader, for the past two nights I have supped full with horrors.'
'Cumberbatch's Creature is unforgettable'
'Imaginative productions pack a devastating punch'
'Monster success: This double dose of Frankenstein is full of life'
'It’s amazing how a simple rope can connect an audience with a stage. The Olivier Theatre can be an alienating space for viewers, so Danny Boyle, on his return to theatre direction, had the masterly i ...
A disturbing, thrilling gothic tale, Frankenstein tackles themes of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil.
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.