Frankenstein (2011) Theater


Benedict as The Creature and Victor Frankenstein in Nick Dear’s stage adaptation of Mary Shelly’s famous novel.

Adapted by Nick Dear, Frankenstein premiered on 5 February 2011 at the National Theatre. Directed by Danny Boyle, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature each day. The play which was sold out every evening ended its run on 2 May 2011.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller were each awarded the “Best Actor” award at the Laurence Olivier Awards and the London Evening Standard Awards. Benedict also received the award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Play” at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards.


What is Frankenstein about:
Based on the novel by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein’s Creature takes the centre in Nick Dear’s adaptation. The creature, childlike in its innocence, grotesque in form and loathed by his creator, first  experiences only the hatred and dislike of mankind before it is picked up by an old blind man named DeLacey. Here it feels security for the first time, learns to speak, to read and to think. But even there the Creature was found and banished, and so it decides to go on a search for its creator to make a fateful pact.


The music for Danny Boyle’s play was written by Underworld; the soundtrack is available on iTunes.
The script is available on Amazon as paperback here and for Kindle here

More information: Photos/ Interview with Nick Dear and Danny Boyle

It is possible for the public to view a recording of Frankenstein at the National Theatre Archive in London. To book an appointment just get in contact here: NT Archive

For the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre there will be encore screenings of the most popular plays including Hamlet, The Habit of Art and Frankenstein. Frankenstein encore screenings from 31 October 2013.

Dramatic Need – Frankenstein Q&A:


“Miller, however, strikes me as the more disturbing and poignant monster, while Cumberbatch undoubtedly has the edge as the scientist who is ultimately revealed to lack the humanity of the unhappy creature he has created.” – The Telegraph

“Having seen each essay both roles, I’d say Cumberbatch is the more convincing as the science-mad Frankenstein. Both are superb as the Creature, models of fidgety physicality.”London Evening Standard

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