Jonny Lee Miller reunited with director Danny Boyle for Frankenstein at the National
Film director Danny Boyle has cast his new production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre. The show begins at the Olivier theatre from February 2011 and will see Jonny Lee Miller reunited with the Trainspotting director, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock). In an interesting casting twist, both stars will alternate in the roles of Dr Frankenstein and his monster.
Jonny Lee Miller worked with Boyle in his 1996 break-out movie Trainspotting, and has gone on to cover a number of TV, film and stage roles.
In theatre his performances include Beautiful Thing (Bush Theatre), Festen (Almeida and Lyric Theatre), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Ambassador’s Theatre) and After Miss Julie on Broadway.
Once married to Angelina Jolie, his extensive film and TV work includes Douglas Mackinnon’s The Flying Scotsman, After Glow alongside Nick Nolte and Julie Christie and TV drama Eli Stone.
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.
Frankenstein in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre will start previews from 5 February with press nights on 22 and 23 February, and the show is currently booking until 17 April, with further dates to be announced. The show is suitable only for 15 years+. Public booking for Frankenstein opens on 1 December 2010.
A series of special Platforms talks called ‘Beyond Frankenstein’ will run alongside the production: Frankenstein on Film on 24 February looks at Hollywood and the Frankenstein story; Frankenstein’s Science on 4 March sees Dr Brian Cox talk to Richard Holmes about the science behind Mary Shelley’s creature; Frankenstein’s Creator: Mary Shelley on 15 March sees acclaimed biographer Claire Tomalin discuss the life of the author of Frankenstein; and Josephine Hart presents Romantic Poetry on 15 April, revealing the works of Shelley, Byron and their Romantic contemporaries.
Frankenstein will also be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and around the world on 17 March as part of National Theatre Live.