Posted October 30, 2014 by Brin in Discussion Posts / 18 Comments


In awe after seeing Frankenstein…

I just got back home from watching Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch act the hell out of playing Victor Frankenstein and the Creature respectively. What an incredible performance – both were absolutely mesmerizing in their roles (though I have to say I was especially captivated by Cumberbatch’s Creature – you feel both sympathy for him and ultimately horror at what he becomes).

This stage version of Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle was originally broadcast in cinemas on 17 March and 19 March 2011. It is now on its third encore screening (just in time for Halloween). My fiancé surprised me with tickets about 2 months ago and then I promptly persuaded him to get tickets for the second screening as well!

The next screening is on Tuesday so I am looking forward to seeing Jonny Lee Miller’s take on the Creature. It will be interesting to see the two leads switch off roles (for science of course – nothing to do with drooling over Benedict Cumberbatch or anything). 😉

It really was an entertaining and worthwhile experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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18 responses to “Frankenstein

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I really wanted to see this but wasn’t able to make it. It’ll be interesting to hear your thoughts after seeing both permeations of roles.

    • It was awesome! It’s a pity you couldn’t see it but it will likely be released again at some point. 🙂

      I will definitely post my thoughts after seeing the second screening.

  2. I saw this live on stage back in April 2011, and I was blown away. I saw it with Benedict as the Creature and Jonny as Victor Frankenstein (I managed to see it the other way around at the cinema and I can’t choose my favourite, they’re both amazing)

    It’s great that more people can enjoy it.
    The experience I had with the live show was something you can’t experience from a cinema screening (there was lightning over our heads and a bell chiming as we sat down)

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts of the second screening, and I’m glad you loved it as much as I did.

    • Wow, that would have been an amazing experience! You are really lucky to have caught it live – it was incredible seeing it at the cinema but I can imagine it would be even more magical being there and experiencing it in real-time! 🙂

      Benedict was fantastic as the Creature, though I am looking forward to seeing Jonny tackle the part too. It’s great that they recorded this so that it can be enjoyed again – I always miss all the great shows living up North so it was great finally getting the chance to see it.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience. 🙂

      • It was amazing.
        The only difference between the live show and the cinema showing is that the creature is naked for the first fifteen minutes rather than in a skin coloured nappy thing.

        You’re welcome! I want to share the experience with everyone because it was sooooo good.

    • I ended up seeing both versions! Both performances were amazing – I actually cannot pick a favourite. I think Benedict Cumberbatch was slightly more convincing at playing Victor Frankenstein than Jonny Lee Miller but they were both incredible while playing the Creature. Very different performances but equally compelling. 😉 I completely agree with your review – they had fantastic chemistry in both roles. 🙂

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