Boyle's 'Frankenstein' to broadcast live to cinemas
Friday 11 February 2011
Director Danny Boyle (
Slumdog Millionaire) has returned to the theater to direct a staged adaptation of Mary Shelley's
Frankenstein at the National Theatre in London. It will be broadcast live in 375 cinemas internationally - twice, on March 17 and 24.
The production opened to previews last week, and so far, the first ten weeks are sold out.
Jonny Lee Miller ( Trainspotting, Endgame) and Benedict Cumberbatch ( Atonement, Steven Spielberg's upcoming War Horse) will alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature for the two broadcasts. On March 17, Miller will play Frankenstein and Cumberbatch will play the Creature; the actors switch roles for the March 24 performance.
The National Theatre Live program will broadcast the performance to 85 cinemas in the US on March 17. The second broadcast will be seen in the UK and Europe on March 24.
Next up for the Oscar-winning Boyle is the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on July 27, 2012. As creative director he is planning a spectacle featuring rock and pop music acts and British films. Director Stephen Daldry ( Billy Elliot, The Reader) is a member of the creative team.
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
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