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Frankenstein stage play comes to the cinema

Frankenstein.jpgFor those of you who didn't know about the successful Frankenstein stage play let me just remind you that it starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller playing alternate roles of The Creature and Victor Frankenstein. Each night the two actors would swap roles and deliver their own interpretations of the character enticing you, and for very good reasons, to see the play twice.

The play was directed by Danny Boyle and it was also filmed, shown as part of National Theatre Live in the UK and word is now that it will be released in American cinemas in June.

It's strange to imagine that a British stage play would be making its way to American cinemas, but then considering the talent involved it's no surprise that it should, and that's exactly what's happening according to the The Hollywood Reporter.

The play was shown in the UK on the 17th and 24th of March via satellite in cinemas across the UK and allowed audiences to see the alternating performances of the two leading characters. Both performances of Frankenstein are heading to America to be shown on the 6th and 7th of June possibly on alternate screenings allowing the audiences to experience both actors' takes on the doctor and the creature.

It's a fantastic experience, and here in the UK the National Theatre Live programme has been a welcome arrival to cinemas allowing broadcast performances to be shown in cinemas to a much larger audience and expanding the revenue possibilities for cinemas.

The draw here is really seeing the performances of the two excellent actors and not only how they deliver their own doctor and creature characters but also how they feed and play off of each others. In itself it's one of those unique experiences those involved in performances would love to see or experience, and for the audience it gives them the chance to see two actors delivering their best.

I wonder though, would the cinemas offer a discounted deal for seeing both performances or would it be full price? I mean you should be aware that the quality of the performance will be different to those that you see on television after all you are watching a live stage play rather than a multiple take and edited film, plus it's Danny Boyle directing Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Is this something you would go and see? Should more theatre work make its way into the cinema?




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