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A monster play

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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Strode Theatre in Street is offering a special programme addition to the current season – two screenings of the critically acclaimed National Theatre production of Frankenstein.

It is directed by Danny Boyle and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Frankenstein is a new play written by Nick Dear, based on the classic Gothic novel by Mary Shelley. It enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

The two lead actors alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature throughout the show's run at the National Theatre.

Strode Theatre is offering the chance to see both of these versions – on Monday with Benedict as Frankenstein and Jonny Lee as the Creature, and on Monday, July 9, with the roles reversed.

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 classic gothic tale. Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle returned to his theatrical roots to direct this visionary production, and it was his idea to let both Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller loose on the plum part of Frankenstein's tormented Creature on alternate evenings, receiving quite different, but equally riveting interpretations of both main roles.

The two versions of Frankenstein (15) will be shown at 7.30pm and tickets are £12, concessions £10, available at www.strodetheatre.co.uk or from Strode Theatre's Box Office on 01458 442846. For Strode, Frankenstein is just the first of a whole season of National Theatre Live screenings throughout the autumn and next spring.

Autumn events will include Julie Walters' hotly anticipated new comedy The Last of the Haussmans and Shakespeare's strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, Timon of Athens, starring Simon Russell Beale.

All autumn events at Strode Theatre will be on public sale from late August.

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