Nick Dear's taut, fiercely focused version of Frankenstein – a project that has brought Oscar-winning film-maker Danny Boyle back to his theatrical roots – offers a radically different ending from either Mary Shelley's 1818 novel (on which it is based) or the movie versions spawned by James Whale's 1931 classic. Here, in a luminously ice-green Arctic, the scientist Victor Frankenstein and his Creature both survive, umbilically linked in the kind of perpetual deathly symbiosis that would pass muster in Dante's Inferno.
Imaginative productions pack a devastating punch
Might a new direction be looming for Tracey Emin? The artist, moving on from patchwork blankets and embroidery, is trying out tapestry for the first time and is collaborating with weavers at the West Dean Tapestry Studio on a reworking of her Black Cat – a "rather demonic self-portrait in a long black dress" – in thread.
As a new production of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle, opens at the National Theatre, Paul Taylor looks back at almost two centuries of monsters inspired by Mary Shelley's 1818 masterpiece
Kenneth Branagh's 'Wallander' captivated TV viewers. Now, as BBC4 shows the Scandinavian original, Geoffrey Macnab examines their different emphases on detectives, darkness and alienation
He is still best known for his stage and film work, but now the boy wonder is following many of his peers and making his mark as a TV detective
When you find yourself playing Cassio to Ewan McGregor's Iago, you could be forgiven for not standing out. Yet Tom Hiddleston was the name most bandied about by those who saw the Donmar's 'Othello' last winter. The Rada graduate is now starring opposite Kenneth Branagh in 'Ivanov', and last week made his film debut in 'Unrelated'. Next up, he's in the BBC's 'Wallander', again opposite Branagh. "Ken is calling it his Hiddleston year," joked the actor recently.