Saw the much-hyped Danny Boyle directed Frankenstein at the National Theatre. Benedict Cumberbatch was "indisposed" that day though, so we got Jonny Lee Miller as the Monster and Daniel Ings as Victor Frankenstein instead. Lots of disappointment before the play, but I think they got it done OK.
Some clever staging making full use of the Olivier theatre's box of tricks with various bits of set dropping down, rising up, revolving into view or appearing on tracks. Impressively there's a huge wedge of filament light bulbs with waves of light sweeping across for lightning, and an apparently real church bell with a near-deafening toll.
The play is a new adaptation by Nick Dear, sticking quite closely to the book in terms of events. Victor Frankenstein becomes a cerebral, sexually repressed intellectual. The monster seems more horrible because his crimes take place on set, including an unpleasant rape scene. Occasionally gets a bit schematic when the characters spell out the Issues, but generally fast and effective..
Good performances too, if slightly over-the-top.
Overall, a good play, glad I saw it.
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