Frankenstein: Benedict Cumberbatch (NT)

Nick Dear from an original work by Mary Shelley

DOI: 10.5040/9781350935020.01

Duration: 1:55:40

  • Frankenstein: Benedict Cumberbatch 1:55:40

Age recommendation: 15+ (contains nudity and one scene of sexual violence)

Recorded through National Theatre Live on 17th March, 2011.

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.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Jonny Lee Miller plays Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch his creation in this performance of Danny Boyle's smash-hit production of Frankenstein.

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The Creature: Benedict Cumberbatch
Victor Frankenstein: Jonny Lee Miller
Agatha de Lacey: Lizzie Winkler
De Lacey: Karl Johnson
Felix De Lacey: Daniel Millar
Elizabeth Lavenza: Naomie Harris
William Frankenstein: William Nye
M. Frankenstein: George Harris
Clarice: Ella Smith
Ewan: John Stahl
Female Creature: Andreea Padurariu
Constable: John Killoran
Rab: Mark Armstrong
Servant: Martin Chamberlain
Ensemble: Josie Daxter
Klaus: Steven Elliott
Servant: Daniel Ings
Gustav: John Killoran
Gretel: Ella Smith
Ensemble: Haydon Downing

Director: Danny Boyle
Set Designer: Mark Tildesley
Costume Designer: Suttirat Anne Larlarb
Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet
Sound Design: Ed Clarke
Music and Sound Score: Underworld
Director of Movement: Toby Sedgwick, Sedgwick Creative Ltd
Fight Director: Kate Waters

From Frankenstein: Benedict Cumberbatch


National Theatre

Nick Dear from an original work by Mary Shelley

ISBN: 9781350935020

Series: National Theatre Collection