The National Theatre’s sold out production of Frankenstein will play two dates as part of the NT Live cinema programme, starting tonight.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s new production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre will be screened live in cinemas today, 17  March 2011, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor.

On 24 March this will be reversed, with Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor, allowing audiences to see both stars of the show in the leading roles.

This new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic novel has been reimagined by Nick Dear and told from the point of view of the monster. The first block of performances for the play are already sold out.

Critics have raved about Frankenstein, with Charles Spencer in the Telegraphy saying that director Danny Boyle, “pulls off something truly spectacular here.”

NT Live is an initiative to broadcast live performances of the National’s plays onto cinema screens in the UK and worldwide. The second season of National Theatre Live, which now covers 360 screens across 20 countries, recently screened the Donmar Warehouse’s production of King Lear, with Derek Jacobi, filmed at the Donmar’s home in Covent Garden on 3 February; following Frankenstein, Howard Davies’s production of The Cherry Orchard starring Zoe Wanamaker will be filmed on 30 June. A third season begins in the autumn.

Check the NT Live websites for times and locations

LINKS

NEWS: More news on Frankenstein
WATCH the Frankenstein video trailer
LISTEN to Frankenstein interview with writer Nick Dear
NT Live website