National Theatre Live Frankenstein Download

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Trainspotting) returns to the theatre to direct Frankenstein, a thrilling play by Nick Dear based on the novel by Mary Shelley. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, the bewildered Creature (Benedict Cumberbatch) created by Victor Frankenstein (Jonny. National Theatre Live. As Frankenstein, Jonny Lee Miller is brilliantly cast. While he seems more human than Benedict Cumberbatch’s Frankenstein, Miller does manage to pull off the madness in Victor better. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Frankenstein is colder, socially more inapt. Cumberbatch has slightly better comic timing and the expressions to.

2011 Directed by Danny Boyle, Tim Van Someren


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 within this thrilling and deeply disturbing tale.









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National Theatre Live Frankenstein Download

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  • Streaming on Youtube for Free until May 7th, this version of the ProShot (with Miller as The Creature and Cumberbatch as Frankenstein) can be viewed by clicking here.

    This is even better than the version I watched yesterday. I was expecting as much, because Miller just seems like better casting for The Creature, and Cumberbatch just seems better suited for Frankenstein, but I was blown away even more than expected.

    A thing that was interesting about Cumberbatch's Creature was how agile he was, but ultimately I didn't feel it suited the character the play wanted to introduce very well. Miller's on the other hand has that clunkiness and sometimes clumsiness you would expect from a reanimated man.…

  • Danny Boyle's stage version of Frankenstein starring the two Sherlocks, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, as the mad doctor and his creation, is really a treat for their fans, or anyone, really!

    Being someone who would love to go to London to see live theatre but probably never will, this was a really kick in the pants! You do get that vibe, that thrill of actually being in the theatre from watching this.

    The stage and settings are both simplistic and opulent. It's really baffling how the stage hands are able to keep it all going so seamlessly. It's equally a marvel to consider that it's all done in 'one take' by the actors, and on a regular basis,…

  • Although I am a lit student and a big fan of the novel, I am going to commit heresy and say that I (potentially) prefer the play. It's a 'version' rather than a straight 'adaptation', taking the bare outlines of Mary Shelly's novel and growing the seeds of ideas into a fully-formed drama. I also appreciated that they took time to develop some of the side characters, particularly Elizabeth (who, in the book, is about as one-dimensional as you can get).

    Jonny Lee Miller is astounding at the Creature, childish and vicious by turns. Benedict Cumberbatch is always good as pretentious and obnoxious characters, so comes off very well as the pretentious and obnoxious Frankenstein. I found the beginning very slow and on the over-indulgent side, but once the show gets into gear it doesn't look back.

  • Available on Youtube for Free until May 7th, this ProShot stars Jonny Lee Miller as Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch as The Creature. If you would like to watch it simply click here.

    This is what a ProShot should strive to be. Incredibly well shot, with fantastic editing and tons of dynamic camera angles to mesh well with each scene. If every ProShot was like this, I could die happy.

    The adaptation itself is one of my favorites. Having practically the whole story follow The Creature, with his maker as only a really prevalent character in the latter half is an astoundingly brilliant way to go. It shrouds the creator is a veil of mystery that I was…

  • Watched on YouTube (only available for free until May 8th with Jonny Lee Miller as the creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Frankenstein)

    I liked this version even more. The switched roles are more enjoyable and fitting. Cumberbatch as Frankenstein is authoritative and Miller's creature is somewhat softer and more vulnerable than Cumberbatch while far from being bland, he's still unsettling enough.

    Production is top notch. Cinematography also seemed a little bit better. Some scenes were obviously cut, just as in the other version. I assume these scenes are too graphic or show sexual content (rape?).

    After all, it's a very interesting experience. It underlines the variety of both actors. I think you'll miss somehow a big part of the experiment…

  • Watched on YouTube (only available for free until May 7th with Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Frankenstein)

    I remember studying Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' years ago and falling in love with it, its prose, the unforgettable characters, the atmosphere and the form of an Epistoraly novel.

    Of the film incarnations and Frankenstein/creature pairings, my favourites will always be Colin Clive/Boris Karloff ('Bride of Frankenstein' being even better than their 1931 original film) and Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee.

    It was very interesting to me hearing that 'Frankenstein' had been adapted to stage in 2011 by Danny Boyle and now, during Corona, got a 7 days release on YouTube for both versions. A part of me was conflicted as…

  • Watched Miller as The Creature and Cumberbatch as Frankenstein.

    This was pretty much just stunning!

    For one the sheer story of Frankenstein is powerful, yet the performances and stage direction frame the classic story in such a human way that it moves into some fascinating explorations of creation, love, and hubris, which feels more in line with the original novel from what I understand. Powerfully presented and acted, especially Miller’s physicality. I especially loved the opening few, almost surrealist moments.

    Also yes this is a play but it’s on Letterboxd so I will log it! And they shot it pretty well too!

  • *cinema viewing ~ Cumberbatch as The Creature*


    Wowzers! Well that was bloody brilliant! I just witnessed an absolute masterclass in acting from both Benedict Cumberbatch (The Creature) and Jonny Lee Miller (Frankenstein). 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Naomie Harris deserves a mention as Elizabeth too.

    Cumberbatch at the beginning was a bit much though and probably the only part of it I didn't love. It was really hard not to laugh. He was flopping around like a fish for about 20mins. 🤣 that's dedication though!

    The sets, lighting and costumes were all fantastic and there was just a brilliant atmosphere about the whole thing.

    I'm so grateful to have had the chance to finally see this. I was gutted to have missed it…

  • Cumberbatch as The Creature / Danny Lee Miller as Victor

    Wow...this was not at all what I could’ve anticipated, even though such a thing’s to be expected of Danny Boyle - the dude zigs when you think he’s gonna zag.

    But in all seriousness, I *love* basically every choice this makes to forego Victor in favor of the Creature, and tell this story mostly from that perspective.

    I also *love* all the ways this captured the essence of this story with a spare and roving production - one filled with slanted set designs and emotional displays of light.

    Also, seeing the audience come together and create a community with its applause at the end made me cry.

  • Incredible. What happens when you combine the cinematic eye of Danny Boyle, a peak physical performance from Benedict Cumberbatch, and Mary Shelly's classic tale? Well you get theatre gold in my opinion. This adaptation chose to forego Dr. Frankenstein's (exceptionally played by Johnny Lee Miller) viewpoint in favor of seeing the Creature's journey. He doesn't look like Karloff but instead a rag doll who is about to burst at the seams at any minute. It is mind blowing how great this make-up is.
    The stage is lit by light bulbs that surge with life. A turntable at the center leads to seamless transitions from a little farmhouse to arctic ice sheets. Seeing every production element made my jaw drop. I…

  • only thing worse than the question “is frankenstein the guy or monster” is the question “is sherlock the guy or the monster”

  • Frankenstein – Miller/Creature and Cumberbatch/Frankenstein

    “The son becomes the father. The master, the slave.” The Creature.

    I was going to write this up into an indepth review, but time got away from me and now the December Challenge is up and running I know I won’t have time so here’s the basic ideas that struck me…

    (For a more polished piece check out my original review)

    The dichotomy littered throughout is more noticeable this time.

    The stage split in two, one of many examples of the theme of duality within the production, other examples being:

    The use of finger clicking as a distraction method during Victor/Creatures first dialogue

    JLM’s performance based very much on the concept of a child parroting.…

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller star in Danny Boyle’s acclaimed production of Frankenstein – and you can watch it for free.

The National Theatre At Home programme continues tonight, and we suspect its latest production might just be a popular one.

Once it was clear we were all going to be in lockdown for the foreseeable future, the National Theatre decided to take the productions that it had been beaming into cinemas over the past few years, and make one of them available for free on YouTube each week. Then you have a week to watch it until the next production takes its place.

This week, then, it’s the turn of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in the acclaimed National Theatre production of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle. What made this production even more of note was that the actors swapped the lead roles each night. Thus, for one production you had Cumberbatch as the creature and Miller as Victor Frankenstein.

It was staged in 2011, and earned rave reviews. And now from tonight you get to watch it fromt home. It’ll appear on the National Theatre YouTube channel in two guises, depending who you want to see in which role.

Already live is the version with Cumberbatch as the Creature, and that’ll appear here…

Frankenstein Play Benedict Cumberbatch

And from May 1st, there’s the version with Johnny Lee Miller as the creature, which will appear here…

Both versions will then be available for seven days.

As always, the National Theatre is making resources available to go with the production. You can download the full cast list here, and there’s a list of learning resources here.

No word yet on what next week’s production will be. We’ll keep you posted, of course.

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