Although I’ve watched it in a cinema, this is actually a theatre-production of Frankenstein, directed by acclaimed director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire). It stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s “Sherlock“) and Johnny Lee Miller (Plunkett and McLane, Hackers, Sherlock Holmes in “Elementary“) as both Victor Frankenstein, and The Creature. After every night, the two actors change the roles.
I’ve seen “Version 2”, in which Miller plays the Creature, and Cumberbatch its creator. And I must say, this may be the best adaptation of Shelley’s book I have ever seen. The play is based on an adaptation by Nick Dear, and it evolves and dives into the themes that Shelley only hinted at. The cast is good, and the production design is excellent. Miller may be the best actor for the Monster ever, yes, even better than Karloff, de Niro or Aaron Eckhart. he dominates every scene he is in, and gives a thrilling and dramatic performance. Especially in the beginning, when he is – quite childlike – trying to stand up and understand his surrounding.
The only thing I didn’t like was the actor playing Frankenstein’s father, George Harris. He has got a very high-pitched voice, which makes him sound anything but like an authority figure. Also, he is quite a bad actor.
But apart from that the play is near-perfect. If you ever get the chance to see, go watch it. In the meantime I’m looking forward to the DVD/ BR.