Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs), this thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by over half a million people in cinemas around the world.
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. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
As with all Library events, admission is free. Seating in the theater may be limited. Doors will open 45 minutes before show time. These programs are sponsored by the McMillan Memorial Library Endowment Fund. Donations to the Endowment are always welcome.
About National Theatre Live: This is a broadcast of a live National Theatre production. Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, where cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that later audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time. McMillan Library is one of many world-wide sites (but only three public libraries) that show these recordings.
For educators: This play is supported by comprehensive resources created by teachers for teachers, though school-based streaming is only available in the UK. Lesson plans and supporting videos. - Behind the scenes at the National Theatre. - More about the cast and play.