Viva la France! National Theatre Live is proud to announce Frankensten Encore broadcasts are arriving throughout France in 54 venues around the country come this October 15th (Benedict Cumberbatch as The Creature, Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein) and 22nd (Jonny Lee Miller as The Creature, Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein).

For tickets and exact venues, visit Pathelive.com

FRANKENSTEIN Encores adds more broadcasts in RUSSIA


For those of you in Russia, we’ve added more Frankenstein Encore broadcasts! The demand has been strong and we appreciate your support of both NT Live and Frankenstein.  Visit NTLive.com for venues and here for details in Russian. пользоваться!


Went to see Frankenstein screening again yesterday - they hold NT Live events in Moscow ans Saint-Petersburg too. 

It`s a mindblowing show with incredible performances. Thinking about seeing Johnny Lee Miller as the Creature too next time.

Photos by Andrew Crowley

HQs, enjoy! 

Review of Frankenstein: A Modern Myth

Frankenstein: A Modern Myth received its premiere at the Open City Documentary Festival in London on 22 June 2012. The documentary, commissioned to coincide with last year’s sell out hit Frankenstein at the National Theatre (directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller) was meant to air last year and it is now hoped it will air on Channel 4 later this summer.

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Frankenstein: A Modern Myth will be screening as part of Open City Docs Fest at the Darwin Theatre in London this Friday at 2:00 p.m and the lovely people at Open City Docs have offered us two pairs of tickets as competition prizes.

To win send an e-mail to contact@benedictcumberbatch.co.uk (headed Frankenstein) with the answer to this simple question:

Which band, who most famously collaborated with Danny Boyle on the Trainspotting soundtrack, wrote the score to the NT’s production of Frankenstein?

Winner will be picked by random draw. As the screening is on Friday the competition will close at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow so do get your entries in quickly!

The documentary is meant to be screened on Channel 4 but as transmission has been delayed now by almost a year and as there is still no fixed air date this is a rare (and possibly only?) chance to see the documentary so do come along.

Here’s some further information about the documentary and the festival:

Frankenstein: A Modern Myth
Adam Low / 2012 / UK / 48’
Fri 22 June / 14:00 / Darwin Theatre

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the first and greatest myth of the modern scientific age, has like all enduring masterpieces, touched a nerve at critical points of human progress. Frankenstein haunts our age of global anxiety and unprecedented scientific experimentation like never before. Frankenstein: A Modern Myth looks at the myth of Frankenstein through the prism of Danny Boyle’s sensational new sell-out production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre. The film features exclusive access to rehearsals and interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature, and with Danny Boyle and writer Nick Dear.

More about the event: http://www.opencitydocsfest.com/index.php?id=78

Tickets: £7/£5 Concession http://frankensteinmodernmyth.eventbrite.co.uk/

Open City Docs Fest (21-24 June) celebrates the best of documentary film in the heart of London, exploring the world we live in through the vision of documentary - provoking debate and opening minds. With a diverse programme of more than 100 films from around the world, innovative live events and filmmaker-led workshops the festival takes place over four mid-summer days and nights in venues around central London and across University College London’s (UCL) WC1 campus.
Search the festival’s site or download their schedule to find out what’s on offer including programmed strands: Science Frictions, Protest Works, Sound Waves, Still Lives, Artists’ Documentary, The Image of the Engineer, City Scope and World Visions, alongside a showcase of the winners of the nationwide online film-making competition MyStreet.

Tickets start from £5 screening tickets for everyone, as well as a variety of day and festival passes.
URL:  http://www.opencitydocsfest.com/index.php?id=5 

For full programme info: www.opencitydocsfest.com
URL: http://www.opencitydocsfest.com

Frankenstein: A Modern Myth - the long awaited documentary on the National Theatre production starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller is being shown as part of the Open City Docs Fest which celebrates the best of doumentary film making in London.

It will be showing at the Darwin Theatre in London on 22 June 2012 at 2:00 p.m

Tickets cost £8 (with booking fee). You can book here.

Thanks to Kathy Li on twitter for the heads up.


I just think that the original production is with Miller as the Creature because in the Making of they showed us at the National Theatre Archive was show that version - with Johnny as the Creature. Otherwise it would have been Benedict.

No the casting dubbed as “Original Casting” is Benedict as the Creature as that is the version NT live screened first - the live version. Reverse casting is Jonny as the Creature as that version was aired subsequently in the UK.

If you go to the NT Archives you can request either or indeed both versions for viewing.

Frankenstein - DVD/TV etc

As I’m getting a lot of questions about Frankenstein on dvd I thought it was worth copying over the relevant sections from the NT Live Frankenstein FAQ:

Will you be releasing a DVD of the production?

We have no plans to release a DVD. We know from letters, tweets and emails that a great many people wanted another chance to see the production – and these encore screenings have been scheduled in response to that huge public demand. Our rights arrangements with actors and crew don’t currently permit DVD release, and we’re also keen for as many people as possible to experience the broadcasts in the format for which they were created: broadcast in HD to cinemas.

Will you be showing Frankenstein on TV in the UK?

Channel 4 will be airing a documentary called Frankenstein: The Making of a Myth which features a behind-the-scenes look at  production – at the moment no broadcast date is confirmed, read more about the programme.

There are, however, no plans to air the broadcasts of the production itself.

Will Frankenstein be playing again on stage at the National Theatre?

No, there are no plans for the production to return to the National Theatre.


FRANKENSTEIN: Interviews/Podcasts/Videos via iTunesU

For those who want an in-depth view into the world of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic tale of Frankenstein, The National Theatre has compiled a series of podcasts, both video and audio, that delves into not only the author’s background, but interviews with Danny Boyle, Nick Dear, and others involved with The National’s production. Additionally, a collection of films were crafted based upon a collaboration with The National Theatre and the Royal College of Art. A great study for all prior to your NT Live broadcast!

Have you seen our Frankenstein competition to win tickets to see a screening of your choice with NT Live?

Well, we’re aware that a lot of fans may have already booked tickets for both screenings when they were first announced. And we didn’t want you to feel left out.

The incredibly generous people at NT Live are also offering 5 huge Frankenstein posters featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller as prizes for our competition. These incredibly rare posters were created to advertise the play when it was performed at the NT. You can’t buy these anywhere. They’re a real rarity. Posters can be sent worldwide.

To enter our contest simply send an e-mail to contact@benedictcumberbatch.co.uk telling us what the chance to see Frankenstein with NT Live means to you. Please indicate in your e-mail whether you are entering for one of the 4 tickets available or, if you already have your tickets, a poster. (If you’re already entered just send me a follow up email).

We want to hear your Frankenstein stories. Are you going on a perilous journey to see a screening? Did you meet your best mate through Frankenstein? Are you studying Frankenstein at school? Do you just find Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller ridiculously good looking? They don’t have to be tales of woe. They can be as quirky and funny as you like.

You’ve got until 5 June 2012 to enter so start sending me your Frankenstein stories!