Oh dear, he's created a monster - Frankenstein comes to the Boyle for National Theatre production

Posted: 17th January 2011

Fresh from winning the Best Director award at the Academy Awards, Danny Boyle turns his attentions back to the theatre with this highly-anticipated production of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein".

Alongside BAFTA-winning playwright and screenwriter Nick Dear (TV's "Persuasion" and RSC's "The Art of Success"), the affable director will link creative arms with the National Theatre's Olivier Theatre venue for a new version of the tale about a scientific experiment that goes seriously wrong.

Dr Frankenstein creates a grotesque yet naive creature and casts him out into a world of prejudice and hostility. Eventually he seeks vengeance and yearns for his creator to stop the madness by finding him love. The ultimate classic gothic tale will star recent Sherlock Holmes actor, Benedict Cumberbatch and a previous Boyle participant, Jonny Lee Miller alternating in the lead roles of the scientist and his monstrous creation.

Not surprisingly all performances from 5th Feb to 17th April have now sold out, but there will be limited day tickets available on the day of each performance (from 9:30am weekdays, midday on Sundays). Alternatively, you can witness a piece of National Theatre Live with exclusive cinema screenings throughout the UK on 17th March - tickets cost around £15 plus a small booking fee. For a list of participating cinemas, visit the National Theatre page: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/52955/venues-amp-booking/uk-venues.html

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