Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
See Frankenstein at the National Theatre. That’s right, get your butts on a plane, get to London, and scrounge up some same-day tickets for a sold-out show, because guys, it’s worth it. (No, I don’t work for the National.)
The play is written by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle–yes, that Danny Boyle–and stars Benedict Cumberbatch (of Sherlock fame) and Jonny Lee Miller (of Eli Stone, Dexter, and Trainspotters).
Cumberbatch and Miller alternate roles, switching off to play Victor Frankenstein and the creature, which would be fascinating even if both men weren’t exemplary actors. They are. The show not only sports stellar leads, it also boasts incredible, innovative sets and lighting and an overall atmosphere of eerie intrigue.
Seriously, if you can go see it, do.
In addition to seeing the show itself, I was lucky enough to attend a panel in which Nick Dear and Danny Boyle talked shop, and a late-night Q&A with Danny, Jonny, and Benedict. I even got to ask a question at the Q&A (how exciting!!) about what the actors and the director felt were the major differences between working in theatre and working in television or film. Here’s the response I got. (See how Danny’s looking off camera? Yeah. He was making eye contact with me. I may or may not have let that fact go to my head.)
A big thank you to You Tube user turtlegoescanada for the footage.
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