Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumber batch

Cumberbatch and Miller head back to theatres in Frankenstein

By Emma Badame on March 27, 2012
Clips & Movie Trailers, Stage and Screen

The latest incarnation of Mary Shelley's mythic monster comes to us courtesy of Nick Dear's award-winning National Theatre adaptation.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) returned to the theatre last March to direct this critically lauded production with actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the lead roles of The Creature and the Doctor.

For those not fortunate enough to have caught it on stage in London during its brief sold-out run or when it was beamed into theatres around the world as a part of last year's NT Live season, you're in luck! The production is returning to cinemas worldwide in June for a limited series of encore screenings.

And the timing is just about perfect. With both of the show's leads up for Best Actor at the prestigious Olivier Awards and with Cumberbatch's star (in particular) on an almost stratospheric rise, interest in the production is at an all-time high.

So read on for the official trailer and synopsis, as well as for information on screening dates and tickets!


"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."

The screening schedule is as follows:

  • With Benedict Cumberbatch as The Creature - Thursday, June 14 (BUY TICKETS)
  • With Benedict Cumberbatch as The Creature - Saturday, June 16 (BUY TICKETS)
  • With Jonny Lee Miller as The Creature - Thursday, June 21 (BUY TICKETS)
  • With Jonny Lee Miller as The Creature - Saturday, June 23 (BUY TICKETS)

Photograph: David Levene.

Are you as excited as I am for this one? I'll be taking in both productions to get the full experience. Who's with me?

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