Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein revived for the National Theater streaming service | Step


The famous productions of the National Theater of Frankenstein, staged by Danny Boyle, and Antony and Cleopatra, with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, will be broadcast free of charge as part of its National Theater at Home initiative.

Nick Dear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was staged in 2011, with the idea inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the creature on different nights. The public will be able to see the two actors in each role, because two versions will be presented during consecutive evenings (April 30 and May 1). “The actors complement each other perfectly rather than offer a contest,” wrote Guardian Michael Guardington in his review. “Boyle’s production is a triumph of bravery in which Mark Tildesley’s design provides a whole series of visual coups. “

Sophie Okonedo and Ralph Fiennes as Antony and Cleopatra

Sophie Okonedo and Ralph Fiennes as Antony and Cleopatra

The 2018 epic production of Antony and Cleopatra by Simon Godwin, beautifully designed by Hildegard Bechtler and starring Fiennes and Okonedo as tragic lovers, will be released on May 7. Fiennes and Okonedo were named Best Actor and Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theater Awards for their performance in the show which, like Frankenstein, was a hot ticket to the huge Olivier Theater. Their co-stars include a one-meter-long living snake: four constrictors were used throughout the race.

In addition to its weekly theatrical broadcasts, the National announced a monthly virtual quiz, including questions about sport and history as well as the theater, with stage and screen stars playing the role of quizmaster. The first will take place on April 27 with questions from Helen Mirren, Lenny Henry, Lesley Manville and Ian McKellen, who has his own regular quiz in his London pub, The Grapes.


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