Performance Venue: Experimental Theatre, Guangzhou Opera House
Performance Duration: 130min. (no interval)
The actors complement each other perfectly.
A memorable production... will doubtless be spoken of for years to come.
It's stylish, ambitious and looks astonishing.
A thrill. The most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town.
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.
What is NT Live?
‘It’s just a great way of making the play accessible,’ Cumberbatch said.
National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. We've since broadcast more than twenty other productions live from the National Theatre, and on occasion other theatres in the UK and around the world.
Our broadcasts have now been experienced by over 3.5 million people in more than 1,100 venues around the world, including 550 in the UK alone. Past National Theatre broadcasts have included Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Sam Mendes’ King Lear with Simon Russell Beale.
Broadcasts from other theatres include The Audience with Helen Mirren from the West End, Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston from the Donmar Warehouse and A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson from the Young Vic.
How does NT Live work?
Though each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema 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 cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.