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UPDATED! For A Couple of Talkbacker Reviews!! Here's A Trailer For Danny Boyle's FRANKENSTEIN Play!

Published at: Feb. 23, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST by AICNStaff

UPDATE: Talkbackers beeter and glink have seen previews to Danny Boyle and Nick Dear's FRANKENSTEIN, and they seem very positive, but I'll just post what they said and leave you to it.  Here's beeter:

I saw one of the preview performances with Jonny Lee Miller as the creature. Very good play, clever production. There's not a huge amount for Frankenstein to do in terms of performance to be honest, it's very much the creature's play. I've never been a fan of Miller but he changed my perception of him as a result of his very well controlled performance.

Some of the supporting cast (or maybe just the parts themselves) are a bit ropey, but it was a preview after all.

The production makes very good use of the space of the stage, elements of the scenery dropping down from the ceiling or rising up from the floor as necessary etc.

They're broadcasting them as live to cinemas in March. I'll be seeing the Cumberbatch as creature version for sure. Can't quite imagine him as the creature yet.

And here's glink:

Caught a preview thanks to a friend working on it - Jonny Lee Miller was on monster duty and it was a suitably electric performance, really going for it. And Benedict Cumberbatch was also good, though Frankie's the less interesting part in this adaptation.

Danny Boyle's direction was also clearly passionate (by my mate's account, he hangs on every word of this as much as he does in the edit suite) and made for plenty of spectacle.

Only downer was some of the script - it's a tricky book to adapt and sags a bit in the middle, and some dodgy casting around the leads (but that's often down to the National's dictates rather than an individual production). Theatre hacks might not completely love it, but plenty of the younger audience members there (and some of those less used to theatre) were loving it. There's definitely a cracking film version inside there somewhere.

Like I said, really hope this tours.  Sounds amazing.  If Danny Boyle does do this as a film, he should make two of them with the actors switching roles.  I don't think that's ever been done before for any film property.  I'd really love to see that.

Nordling here.

Starting next Tuesday at the National Theatre in London and continuing through March, Danny Boyle will direct an adaptation of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, written by playwright Nick Dear.  Benedict Cumberbatch (currently doing a wonderful job playing Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's television production of SHERLOCK) and Jonny Lee Miller (HACKERS, TRAINSPOTTING) are playing Frankenstein and the Monster.  The twist is, depending on whichever night the play is showing, Cumberbatch and Miller could be playing either role.  I hope this tours the States, because if this trailer is any indication, we're in for a real treat.

 

I love the way the trailer shifts between the actors.  This strikes a real classical tone with the dialogue, which I've always felt was missing from most adaptations of the material.  I know a remake of FRANKENSTEIN's been in the works for a while now, under different directors and different studios, but if this trailer is accurate in the tone of the piece, Danny Boyle taking a swing at it and adapting this for film would be an excellent choice.

Anyone going to see this, or has anyone seen any preview performances?  Drop us a line here at Ain't It Cool!

Nordling, out. 

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  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Fucking Love Danny Boyle

    by MMacKK

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Which makes me stoked to be First. On A Danny Boyle Post!

    by MMacKK

    Hands down, my favourite director.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Frankenstein: Turn Off the Dark

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST

    I'm going to see this...

    by Righteous Brother

    Saw Ghost Stories in London, last year too - which was actually bloody scary.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Very Good

    by beeter

    I saw one of the preview performances with Jonny Lee Miller as the creature. Very good play, clever production. There's not a huge amount for Frankenstein to do in terms of performance to be honest, it's very much the creature's play. I've never been a fan of Miller but he changed my perception of him as a result of his very well controlled performance. Some of the supporting cast (or maybe just the parts themselves) are a bit ropey, but it was a preview after all. The production makes very good use of the space of the stage, elements of the scenery dropping down from the ceiling or rising up from the floor as necessary etc. They're broadcasting them as live to cinemas in March. I'll be seeing the Cumberbatch as creature version for sure. Can't quite imagine him as the creature yet.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Quality Trailer

    by viks

    Hope they cut a DVD of it

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Give us Trainspotting 2: Porno.....

    by Arturo

    Read the novel and loved it, now thats the film i want to see...

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Seeing this on Saturday

    by Sean G

    Cannot wait - and that trailer has just got me even more excited!!!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Does look good...

    by Johnny Wishbone

    I'd really like to see this. On a sadder note, Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier) has died. Gutted.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    What a cool idea!

    by BeyondStatic

    Love the idea of interchanging actors. Makes it interesting for them, and says so much about the characters.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Ghost Stories was anything BUT scary

    by StoryFirst

    Atmospheric, yes. Mildly interesting, yes. Scary, no. The scares were predictable (the student in the forest tale)...the baby tale was very poor and the end, a let down. I suppose it comes down to how easily scared people are - so in the end its all subjective (isn't art appreciation always that way) but for me, Ghost Stories was nothing more that a 3 out of 5. This though...could be fun.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Saw it last week

    by glink

    Caught a preview thanks to a friend working on it - Jonny Lee Miller was on monster duty and it was a suitably electric performance, really going for it. And Benedict Cumberbatch was also good, though Frankie's the less interesting part in this adaptation. Danny Boyle's direction was also clearly passionate (by my mate's account, he hangs on every word of this as much as he does in the edit suite) and made for plenty of spectacle. Only downer was some of the script - it's a tricky book to adapt and sags a bit in the middle, and some dodgy casting around the leads (but that's often down to the National's dictates rather than an individual production). Theatre hacks might not completely love it, but plenty of the younger audience members there (and some of those less used to theatre) were loving it. There's definitely a cracking film version inside there somewhere. If you're going to see it, enjoy!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Dwayne McDuffie

    by darthvol

    Long time writer for Marvel and DC Comics...and most notably....writer for Batman the Animated Series, Superman, Justice League and Unlimited, Static Shock...and a slew of recent DC animated movie projects has passed away...he was 49 he will be missed.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    It's Mitchell and Webb playing Holmes and Watson.

    by ROBRAM89

    They might as well just switch back and forth between scenes.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Good job, Nordling.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You're paying attention. Choppah loves you.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Danny Boyle or producers of this show

    by tomdolan04

    Should you get in touch with Nordling, if he is in the area he will try and make time for you in his schedule

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Benedict Cumberbatch is an excellent actor

    by Mickster_Island

    I'd watch anything the dude was in. He reminds a bit of Eccleston - very intense and very compelling.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Oh they switching between the shows?

    by AshMcQ

    I thought the switching would be in the show. Now I don't get what this tries to achieves as a concept.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    switching

    by beeter

    To be honest, as much as anything else i think having the switching roles is because they've got 2 "marque" names in the play and one of the roles is far better to perform than the other (although the creature role does begin with a fairly hefty amount of rather undignified full nudity - i never thought i'd see Jonny Lee Miller's tadger being rubbed all over the floor, but i have!). It sounds like a really good way to get people to see the play twice, but at the time of booking you don't know which one you're going to get, so that concept doesn't really hold up to scrutiny.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Saw it tonight

    by Kabluey

    Just as a view from the other way round I saw it tonight with Benedict Cumberbatch as the monster. A truly fantastic performance. The physicality of him bringing the monster to life in the first scene is absolutely riveting. He captures a perfect balance between showing how truly monstrous his form and creation is, yet how his mind is still very much that of a child discovering the world. Not an easy thing to do, especially without uttering a single intelligible word. I love to see a performance where I come away thinking, there is no way in hell I could ever have been able to create that, real acting. The production really missed a trick with the role of Frankenstein though. Johnny Lee Miller was great with what he had but the play simply doesn't invest enough in the character. I know it is all about being made from the monsters perspective but the creator needs to be there as a counterpoint. All the suffering the monster undergoes, comes in to context through the way he repays it to Frankenstein but it loses a lot of its impact when you see all of about 2 minutes of Frankenstein before his first proper encounter with his developed creation. Otherwise the play was a unique and visceral experience really showcasing the talent of Danny Boyle as a director who amazingly continues to show more versatility with every production. Benedict Cumberbatch was outstanding and I would love the opportunity to see how Johnny Lee Miller also handled the role.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    "PuttinontheRiiiizzzzz!"

    by bah

    Oh, DANNY Boyle's Frankenstein.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Going on 9 April

    by Schnorbitz

    Will be sat as far to the right as possible in row K.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Broadcasting live to cinemas?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Hope they're doing that in the US as well!

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 4:11 a.m. CST

    cinemas

    by beeter

    It's half live and half "as live", i think. I read that they're actually broadcasting the first one live, with Cumberbatch monster, and then immediately recording the other way around for broadcast "as live" a week later. They'll all be pretty knackered by the end of it if that's true so i imagine the second version will be really quite different, although i guess they might take the opportunity to re-film some cutaways for that one.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Was truly excellent

    by JediBendu

    And the trailer captures that. I saw Miller as the Creature and my brother saw Cumberbatch as the Creature. Both of us came out saying we couldn't imagine them playing it the other way - they just vanished into their roles. It was the first play I've seen in ages where the audience actually gasped at what happened on stage. Brilliantly staged, strong lead - a must see.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Cumberbatch was awesome as the monster.

    by Offington

    I was lucky enough to see it the other way around, and Cumberbatch was stunning as the monster. My write-up here: http://urbanspree.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/209-aaargh-frankenstein/

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Reviews are in from opening night(s)!

    by Sean G

    http://tinyurl.com/5vv9f45

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Best ... name ... ever ...

    by Royston Lodge

    Benedict Cumberbatch.