It seems only fitting that in the month of Halloween, Culture at the Cinema turns to the dark story of Frankenstein.
Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, both of whom, coincidentally, have played the part of Sherlock Holmes on television, will no doubt be flocking to see this critically acclaimed National Theatre production.
Cast and crew
Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Steve Jobs”), this thrilling production features Cumberbatch (BBC’s “Sherlock,” “The Imitation Game”) and Miller (CBS’s “Elementary,” “Trainspotting”) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by more than half a million people in cinemas around the world.
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 in this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”
“Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus” is a novel by English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley that tells the story of a young science student, Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London in 1818 when she was 20. Shelley’s name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823.
The National Theatre production of “Frankenstein” will be shown for one night only at the Regal Camana Bay Stadium 6 on Oct. 15. Tickets are $40 and include a glass of sparkling wine. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted.
“A theatrical coup.” – Times
“It’s stylish, ambitious and looks astonishing.” – Evening Standard
“A thrill. The most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town.” – Daily Telegraph
“A memorable production … will doubtless be spoken of for years to come.” – Daily Mail.
Tickets are for sale at the cinema box office. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
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