Be Still My Heart: Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller Do Danny Boyle's Frankenstein*
For those of us lamenting the lack of new “Sherlock” episodes and the opportunity to see more of Benedict Cumberbatch, this news makes the day a little bit brighter. London’s National Theater Live is giving us the opportunity to see performances of Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein at theaters across the country (by some miracle, even close to me), even if we’re nowhere near the UK. Nick Dear’s (“Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Persuasion) play, based on Mary Shelley’s classic tale of a creature cast out into a cruel world by his creator, stars Jonny Lee Miller (“Dexter, Eli Stone,” Trainspotting, The Escapist) and Cumberbatch (The Whistleblower, Four Lions). And in one of the coolest twist-ups ever, two performances will be recorded, each one featuring the lead roles reversed. That’s right, one performance will feature Miller as the creature and Cumberbatch as the creator and the next, Cumberbatch as creature and Miller as creator. If you are anything like me, you just ran to your bunk.
Wait! Come back—here’s a little snippet of the production:
The March 17th and 24th performances will be recorded and broadcast live to some venues; other screenings will have later releases so check your area and theaters for actual dates.
*If that title sounds dirty, it’s because my mind ran right to all its dirty places.
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