A new play by Nick Dear based on the novel by Mary Shelley Performance Running Time: 2 hours (no interval)
Cert: 14 Tickets: €10 (Concessions: €8)
Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature Jonny Lee Miller as Dr Frankenstein June 20, 21, 22 at 8 pm, 24 at 7.00 pm
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Frankenstein Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature June 28, 29, 30 at 8 pm; July 1 at 7.00 pm
Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) returned to the theatre to direct this visionary production with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. It will return to cinemas worldwide from June for a limited season of encore screenings.
Benedict Cumberatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in two electrifying broadcasts.
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.
Awards Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Best Actor, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards,Best Actor, Benedict Cumberbatch Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, Best Designer, Mark Tildesley What’s on Stage Awards, Best Director, Danny Boyle
5 STARS The Times ‘This taut, thrilling play runs with hardly a moment for breath.' ‘Lee Miller is physically wild, free of the slightest self conciousness...' ‘To see (Cumberbatch) hurling himself into the agile physicality and awkward strangeness of the Creature is revelatory, a quantum leap for his reputation.' ‘...they're both terffic....‘It is a theatrical coup.' ‘Mark Tildesley's stunning design and Bruno Poet's remarkable lighting effects use the Olivier's vastness with controlled, imaginative strength.' ‘The music, by Underworld, is perfect.' ‘...it is rather wonderful: thoughtful, exciting, moving.'
5 STARS Sunday Express 'Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller lend both gravitas and a frightening physical immediacy'
4 STARSIndependent ‘Boyle's role-reversal twist a shocking, haunting success' ‘Danny Boyle's extraordinarily haunting production' ‘Johnny Lee Miller's astonishing Creature.' ‘Lee Miller gives a whole new lease of life to the term "shock to the system"...' ‘Cumberbatch is brilliant at conveying the blackly ridiculous aspects of the hubristic scientist.' 'These are imaginative productions that pack a devastating cumulative punch and score a singular success.'
4 STARSEvening Standard ‘The National Theatre has a hit on its hands.' ‘The opening 10 minutes are stunning. They are as atmospheric as theatre ever gets.' ‘The scenes that concentrate on Cumberbatch and Miller are powerful. There is a compelling chemistry between them...'
4 STARS Guardian ‘Cumberbatch's Creature is unforgettable... It is an astonishing performance.' ‘The actors complement each other perfectly.' ‘Boyle's production is a bravura triumph in which Mark Tildesley's design provides a whole series of visual coups.' ‘A stunning evening.'
4 STARS Daily Telegraph ‘Boyle...pulls of something truly spectacular here.'
4 STARS Daily Mail ‘Boyle draws terrifically gutsy performances from his two leads.' ‘The visceral nature of the performances is tremendously impressive..' ‘...this is a memorable production and will doubtless be spoken of for years to come.'