Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein: Undead Monday

Posted by Grey Monday, May 14, 2012

This Undead Monday, we take a look at one of the most legendary undead figure who was reborn in a critically acclaimed stage adaptation by renowned director Danny Boyle.

When it was announced last year that Academy Award-winning English filmmaker Danny Boyle was making a much-anticipated return to the stage to make a stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's gothic classic, Frankenstein, at the Royal National Theater in London, the anticipation was predictably astounding.

This is especially so when Boyle unveiled his ambitious visions for two actors to alternate between the lead roles, Frankenstein and the Creature. And to top it all, Boyle went for the unusual choice of selecting British actors Benedict Cumberbatch (whose career is currently enjoying an incredible meteoric rise thanks to his work as the eponymous eccentric detective in BBC's remarkable modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well as the main antagonist in the upcoming Star Trek sequel) and Jonny Lee Miller (who is perhaps well-known for his role in the fifth season of Dexter as well as Tim Burton's Dark Shadows). The two actors will alternate between themselves playing the roles of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his monster on different nights.

The production went on to win over critics with overwhelming positive reviews with both actors sharing an Olivier Award for Best Actor. For a feel of Boyle's stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's 1818 Gothic classic, hit the jump to check out the trailer.

And here's the good news for those who would never get the chance to check out the production live: THR has reported that a taped recording of the show will be presented by Fathom Events in hundreds of theaters across the country on June 6th and 7th. Honouring the tradition of the production, the film will also be featuring the alternating performance of both actors.

Interestingly, Miller is slated to appear as Sherlock Holmes in CBS's contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective with Lucy Liu as Joan Watson (you are hearing me alright). This might prove to be a train-wreck in the making given how impressive BBC's modernist take on Sherlock Holmes has fared with Cumberbatch's stellar performance. one thing we can say for sure is the fact that both actors certainly have a thing with sharing roles.

Here's the official synopsis of the stage adaptation:

I followed nature into her lair, and stripped her of her secrets! I brought torrents of light to a darkening world! Is that wrong?

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.

All I ask is the possibility of love!

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and realised by Danny Boyle in his return to the theatre after winning the Academy Award for best director for Slumdog Millionaire.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.

Slowly I learnt the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase, how to humiliate. And at the feet of my master I learnt the highest of human skills, the skill no other creature owns: I finally learnt how to lie.

And here are the posters and images from the production.


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