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Cinema screening: National Theatre’s Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

October 18, 2013 

From 31 October 2013

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

The National Theatre’s production of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will get an Encore Screening in cinemas from 31 October 2013, timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre.

This 2011 production is directed by Danny Boyle.

LINKS

National Theatre Live

 

Matilda The Musical scoops 7 Olivier Awards

April 15, 2012 

Matilda The Musical dominated the 2012 Olivier Awards this evening at the Royal Opera House, winning seven awards.

The 2012 Olivier Awards were presented at the Royal Opera House today in a star-studded ceremony organised by The Society of London Theatre.

Matilda creators Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin

Matilda creators Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin

The awards were dominated by the RSC’s production of Matilda The Musical which scooped seven awards including Best New Musical, Best Director for Matthew Warchus, Best Actress in a Musical for the four young Matilda leads, Sophia Kiely, Kerry Ingram, Cleo Demetriou and Eleanor Worthington Cox, and Best Actor in a Musical for Bertie Carvel. The show also won Best Sound Design for Simon Baker, Best Theatre Choreography for Peter Darling and Best Set Design for Rob Howell. Based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling children’s book and written by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by comedian Tim Minchin, the show continues to play to packed audiences at the Cambridge Theatre in London.

Other big winners tonight included the Donmar’s production of Anna Christie which scooped Best Revival for Rob Ashford’s production and Best Actress for Ruth Wilson.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller were jointly awarded the prize for Best Actor for their alternating roles in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein at the National theatre, plus Bruno Poet won Best Lighting Design for the show. The National Theatre also took home Best New Play for Collaborators by John Hodge, although missed out on any awards for its blockbuster comedy One Man, Two Guvnors now playing on Broadway and at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The Open Air Theatre’s production of Crazy For You won both Best Musical Revival and Best Costume Design for Peter McKintosh. Other musical nods included the Radio Two Audience Award which went to Les Miserables and Nigel Harman winning Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Sheridan Smith, who won Best Actress in a Musical last year for her role in Legally Blonde, kept the momentum by taking home a Best Performance in a Supporting Role award for her role in Trevor Nunn’s Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre went to the Theatre Royal Stratford East in association with the Barbican and Traverse Theatre for Roadkill.

Tim Rice was honoured with a Special Award

Tim Rice was honoured with a Special Award

In dance, the Outstanding Achievement in Dance went to Edward Watson for his acclaimed performance in The Metamorphosis at the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Opera House’s Dame Monica Mason was presented with a Special Award by Zoe Wanamaker for her extraordinary contribution to British dance. The Best New Dance Production went to DESH by Akram Khan Company at Sadler’s Wells.

In the Opera categories, English National Opera triumphed by winning both awards: Best New Opera Production for Castor And Pollux and the Outstanding Achievement in Opera award for the breadth and diversity of its artistic programme.

Best Entertainment and Family show was won by Derren Brown for Svengali, taking home his second Entertainment Olivier Award.

The evening ended with a Special Award tribute to lyricist Sir Tim Rice, with Siobhan McCarthy and Maria Friedman singing I know Him So Well from Chess, Elaine Paige performing Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita and the cast of The Lion Ling.

Hosted for a second year by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, who are currently starring in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre, the awards celebrate the best of London’s West End Theatre.

LINKS

See the full list of Olivier Awards 2012 winners here

Olivier Awards microsite

WATCH the Olivier Awards on BBC iPlayer

 

Evening Standard Theatre Award winners announced

November 21, 2011 

The 57th annual Evening Standard Theatre Awards were announced last night at a glittering ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London.

Best Actress winner Sheridan Smith as Doris in Flare Path

Best Actress winner Sheridan Smith as Doris in Flare Path

Sheridan Smith, who played Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and is rumoured to be starring in the new Bridget Jones musical, took home the Best Actress award for her performance in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. She beat actresses including Kristin Scott Thomas and Samantha Spiro for the award, although Scott Thomas did not go home empty handed, winning the Lebedev Special Award for her contribution to theatre.

The Best Actor gong was awarded jointly to the stars of Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre, in which Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller shared the roles of the scientist and the creature.

In a successful night for the National Theatre, the Best Director award went to movie veteran Mike Leigh, winning his very his first theatre directing award for his play Grief at the National.

The National also saw the Best Play award go to Richard Bean for his National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors, currently playing at the Adelphi Theatre before heading to Broadway, along with recognition of his new play The Heretic at the Royal Court.

Other awards went to out-goiong Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage, who won the editor’s award. This Spring Grandage will open a Broadway revival of his London production of Evita, starring Elena Roger and Ricky Martin.

LINKS

Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011 – Winners

Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011 – Shortlist

Your theatre week, 21 to 27 March 2011

March 21, 2011 

This week sees a number of birthday celebrations, including two American theatre greats: Stephen Sondheim turns 81 after a riotous year of 80th birthday tributes culminating in his Olivier Special Award, and this week marks the centenary of the great Tennessee Williams.

Happy 2nd birthday Priscilla

Happy 2nd birthday Priscilla

Also Priscilla makes it to two years old this week as the Broadway production starts camping it up on the other side of the Atlantic, and Kneehigh Theatre Company follow their acclaimed production of Brief Encounter with another reimagining of a cinema classic, this time French movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Tuesday 22 March

Kneehigh’s new production of French film classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg opens tonight at the Gielgud Theatre starring Joanna Riding and Meow Meow.

Happy birthday Stephen Sondheim, who is 81 today.

Wednesday 23 March

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is 2 today, having opened on 23 March 2009.

Thursday 24 March

Joanna Riding in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Joanna Riding in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Dreamboats and Petticoats: Your last chance to enter the Dreamboats and Petticoats talent search, which ends at 9am on 31 March 2011.

Watch Frankenstein tonight in UK cinemas, starring Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor.

Saturday 26 March

SMASH! starts at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London starring Tom Conti, written by award-winning playwright Jack Rosenthal (Yentl).

The Centenary of internationally acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams is today. He was born on 26 March 1911.

 

Frankenstein in cinemas tonight

March 17, 2011 

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

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

More presenters announced for Olivier Awards

March 4, 2011 

The Society of London Theatre has released more details of the presenters at this year’s revamped Olivier Awards, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 13 March 2011.

Benedict Cumberbatch, one of the presenters at this year's Olivier Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch, one of the presenters at this year's Olivier Awards

Showbiz stars who will be presenting awards include:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, current stars on Frankenstein
  • Anne-Marie Duff, star of the Old Vic’s Cause Celebre
  • Elisabeth Moss (Peggy from Mad Men), currently appearing in The Children’s Hour at the Comedy Theatre
  • Actor Rupert Everett
  • The League of Gentlemen and the National’s Season’s Greetings star Mark Gatiss
  • Amanda Holden from Shrek The Musical
  • Elaine Paige
  • Tamara Rojo, Royal Ballet star
  • Star of The Wizard of Oz, Danielle Hope
  • Wicked’s Rachel Tucker
  • Actor Patrick Stewart

They will join already announced stars that include Lost star Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams, the star of In A Forest, Dark and Deep at the Vaudeville Theatre, and Alfie Boe, opera and musicals leading man, who will play Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables this summer.

Also the first musical number presenters have been confirmed as legendary singer / songwriter Barry Manilow, who will be performing a number alongside West End star Kerry Ellis (Wicked, Oliver!).

VIDEO: Frankenstein at the National Theatre

March 3, 2011 

The National Theatre’s epic new production of Frankenstein, directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

More news about Frankenstein

Frankenstein reviews

VIDEO

Frankenstein at the National Theatre

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Watch more videos on West End Theatre TV

Frankenstein – Reviews Round-up

February 24, 2011 

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.

LINKS

VIDEO: Watch Frankenstein trailer

NT Live – Frankenstein cinema dates

Frankenstein – News and information

Frankenstein: two dates for cinemas

February 7, 2011 

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

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s new production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre will be screened live in cinemas on two separate dates, the first time the initiative has covered two performances.

This is to allow audiences to see both stars of the show in the leading roles, as Benedict Cumberbatch andJonny Lee Miller alternate in the parts of Victor and his monster.

A screening on 17 March 2011 will see Benedict Cumberbatch star as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor, and on 24 March this is reversed, with Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor.

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.

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: Brian Cox to reveal Frankenstein science

News: Frankenstein cast: Cumberbatch and Miller

Frankenstein tickets at the National Theatre starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

January 10, 2011 

Oscar winning director Danny Boyle presents a brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic horror story Frankenstein at the National Theatre, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting).

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