National Theatre Live: Frankenstein - Encore


From the archive

This film was last shown on 6 November 2014

See Benedict Cumberbatch as Frankenstein and Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature on Thursday 30 October 

See Jonny Lee Miller as Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature on Thursday 6 November

National Theatre Live’s 2011 broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs a sensational production with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS’s Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.


The Times


Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Time Out

'A theatrical coup.'

The Times

'A thrill. The most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town.'

Daily Telegraph

'The actors complement each other perfectly.'


'A monster hit.'

Time Out

‘A memorable production... will doubtless be spoken of for years to come.'

Daily Mail

Cast credits:

Rab: Mark Armstrong

Servant 2: Martin Chamberlain

Victor Frankenstein/The Creature: Benedict Cumberbatch

Ensemble: Josie Daxter

William Frankenstein: Haydon Downing

Klaus: Steven Elliott

M. Frankenstein: George Harris

Elizabeth Lavenza: Naomie Harris

Servant 1: Daniel Ings

De Lacey: Karl Johnson

Gustav/Constable: John Killoran

Felix: Daniel Millar

Victor Frankenstein/The Creature: Jonny Lee Miller

William Frankenstein: William Nye

Female Creature: Andreea Padurariu

William Frankenstein: Jared Richard

Gretel/Clarice: Ella Smith

Ewan: John Stahl

Agatha: Lizzie Winkler

Production credits:

Director: Danny Boyle

Designer: Mark Tildesley

Costume Designer: Suttirat Anne Larlarb

Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet

Director of Movement: Toby Sedgwick

Fight Director: Kate Waters

Music and Soundscore: Underworld

Music Associate: Alex Baranowski

Sound Design: Underworld and Ed Clarke


Danny Boyle
180 mins
Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller


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