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Reminder: NTL's Frankenstein This October

Once again for this Halloween season, starting on October 25, 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) in cinemas. 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



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 29th, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
I am so looking forward to this! I missed it the first time, I don't remember why.

They're also repeating Benedict's "Hamlet," which I did see.
Sep. 30th, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)

Good point re: "Hamlet," too! I'm so glad they repeat these.
Sep. 29th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
I've been DYING to see this since I first learned about it!
Sep. 30th, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope it's showing near you this time!
Sep. 29th, 2016 07:17 pm (UTC)
it is really marvellous....and another reminder, YOUNG Frankenstein(with an intro from Mel Brooks, live from the Fox lot) will be screening in select theaters on Oct 5:

Sep. 30th, 2016 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, great point re: Young Frankenstein! Thanks for the reminder!
Sep. 30th, 2016 02:25 am (UTC)
ADORED both, but Cumberbatch as Creature was my fave. Unfortunately, ours isn't having it this year, but I may phone to see whether they could add it....

*hugs snugs*
Sep. 30th, 2016 01:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, I definitely agree with you.

Oh, I hope they will add it! I bet it helps to know they have an audience waiting. Good luck re: the call!

*hugs you back*
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