Opened: February 22, 2011
Book by: Nick Dear & Mary Shelley
Original West End Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller, Ella Smith, John Killoran, Steven Elliott, Karl Johnson, Daniel Millar, Lizzie Winkler, Andreea Padurariu, Haydon Downing, William Nye, Jared Richard, George Harris, Naomie Harris, Daniel Ings, Martin Chamberlain, John Stahl, Mark Armstrong & Josie Daxter
Following Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein is presented in its original form with leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the role of Dr. Frankenstein and his creature.
After being rejected by Dr. Victor Frankenstein, his creature is left to fend on its own. It learns to speak and write from a blind man (Karl Johnson) but is desperate to find love, as his creator has with Elizabeth (Naomi Harris).
Under the brilliant direction of Danny Boyle, Frankenstein manages to be frightening, yet a good reflection of society when it refuses to learn about others. Like the book, the scholarly doctor is the real villain.
Cumberbatch and Miller are fantastic in both of their roles. They each bring different qualities to the doctor and the creature that you find yourself watching different shows though they mirror each other.
Final say: What makes a monster? ★★★★★