A reviews round-up of Frankenstein at the National Theatre in London

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein

Film director Danny Boyle has returned to the stage to create an atmospheric new production of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror novel Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate in the roles of Dr Frankenstein and his monster, and the critics praised both versions, although slightly favoured Cumberbatch as the monster.

The direction and design of the production enjoyed universal praise, although Nick Dear’s script was criticised by some reviewers for lacking the gravitas and weight of the production as a whole.

Frankenstein is now sold out at the Olivier Theatre, but will be screened live in cinemas on 17 March 2011 (Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature) and 24 March (Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature).

See reviews below for the Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Independent and Evening Standard.


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