Boyle-ing with Drama

| June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments
National Theatre’s production of Frankenstein

Following rave national reviews and local demand, Jersey Opera House is showing an encore screening of the award-wining National Theatre production of Frankenstein on Saturday 7th July at 7pm.

Having enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre in 2011, the production, directed by Oscar-winning Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), has subsequently won awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.  Both actors alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature throughout the run. Having already screened one version of the play last year, this time Jersey Opera House is showing the alternate performance of this visionary production with Cumberbatch starring as Victor Frankenstein and Lee Miller as the Creature.

The play, based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, was written by Nick Dear and is a relevant reworking of the story for a modern-day audience.  Focusing on human failings but peppered with humour, Dear’s adaptation of this deeply disturbing gothic tale conveys themes of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil.

Ascending sets built on a revolving carousel stage, lit by suspended flickering bulbs, set the scene for the tale of one of literature’s most iconic monsters.  The production actually begins with the Creature’s graphic birth, a grotesque figure conversely innocent in character.  The play explores his bewildering experiences of an intimidating world which he is forced to face after being disowned by his terrified maker.  Desperate and vengeful, he vows to track down his creator to strike a deal.

The cast of Frankenstein includes Mark Armstrong, Naomie Harris, Karl Johnson, Daniel Millar, Andreea Padurariu, John Stahl and Lizzie Winkler.  The production is designed by Mark Tildesley, with costumes by Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting by Bruno Poet and movement by Toby Sedgwick. The music and sound score is by Underworld, and the music associate is Alex Baranowski.  Frankenstein is only suitable 15 years+. The performance running time is 2 hours.

Frankenstein is being shown at Jersey Opera House on Saturday 7th July at 7pm.  Tickets are £12.50 (concessions £11). For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Jersey Opera House Marketing & Sales Manager Abi Nance on (01534) 511 109 or by emailing

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