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Halloween Countdown, Day 9

For the Halloween season, National Theatre Live is offering encore performances of the brilliant Frankenstein (play by Nick Dear, directed by Danny Boyle, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of the Creature and Frankenstein). To see if there's a venue near you worldwide, check the official website. I can't recommend this play highly enough.

Here is the original trailer for the play.



I have seen the performances several times. My reviews are below.

* These are my initial impressions of the Cumberbatch-as-Creature cast, including comparisons between Nick Dear's play as written and as performed.

* Here are my thoughts on the differences between the Cumberbatch-as-Creature and Miller-as-Creature casts.

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"Paradise Lost excited different and far deeper emotions. I read it, as I had read the other volumes which had fallen into my hands, as a true history. It moved every feeling of wonder and awe that the picture of an omnipotent God warring with his creatures was capable of exciting. I often referred the several situations, as their similarity struck me, to my own. Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence; but his state was far different from mine in every other respect. He had come forth from the hands of God a perfect creature, happy and prosperous, guarded by the especial care of his Creator; he was allowed to converse with and acquire knowledge from beings of a superior nature, but I was wretched, helpless, and alone."
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

"All I wanted was your love. I could have loved you with all my heart. My poor creator."
- The Creature to Victor Frankenstein, Nick Dear's Frankenstein

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Comments

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jan_u_wine
Oct. 9th, 2013 11:55 am (UTC)
good god, it looks amazing. Local to me, the two of them are playing together either on Oct 31 OR Dec 25. There is something very pleasing about making this my Christmas destination......
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear there are screenings local to you! I love the very idea of watching this on Christmas!!!
jan_u_wine
Oct. 10th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
right? actually, i can't think of anything more holy than the morals that are addressed by this story.
equusentric
Oct. 9th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
I missed getting to see the movie screening because whoever updates their website here is a tardy idiot (I'm still angry) so I was forced to criminal behavior and watched a dark and fuzzy illicit copy. :( And I still loved it to bits. I live in hope that some day soon they will change their minds and issue a disc.

I look forward to reading your thoughts once my work day is done. :D
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
I would be beside myself with joy if they released this officially on disc. *flails* I'm glad you got to see it, one way or the other! ;)
Trix Middlekauff
Oct. 9th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I am more excited than ever to see this on Halloween!!! So glad I am seeing BC as the Creature
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
YAY! That will be a perfect evening. The ideal Halloween!
splix
Oct. 9th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
I was lucky enough to see it last year. My city hasn't been marked as a venue yet, but I hope it comes back. It's really brilliant.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope it comes back your way, too! But I'm glad you've had the chance to see it already. "Brilliant" is a perfect word for it. I love your icon!
amedia
Oct. 10th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
OMG! They're coming to HOUSTON!!!!! *meposian dance of joy*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:52 pm (UTC)
Woohoo!!!

I'm absolutely delighted 1) to hear it will be within squee distance of you and 2) to be reminded of the Meposian Dance of Joy (which I now join you in doing). :D
mosinging1986
Oct. 10th, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
I could just KICK myself. I didn't know the show was being broadcast in theaters. I missed it in my area.

Argh!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
Argh! Argh! Argh! Maybe it will be returning? The site says venues are still announcing new encore screenings. *fingers and toes crossed*

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