Jonny Lee Miller stars in Frankenstein, streaming free from tonight

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller star in Danny Boyle’s acclaimed production of Frankenstein – and you can watch it for free.

The National Theatre At Home programme continues tonight, and we suspect its latest production might just be a popular one.

Once it was clear we were all going to be in lockdown for the foreseeable future, the National Theatre decided to take the productions that it had been beaming into cinemas over the past few years, and make one of them available for free on YouTube each week. Then you have a week to watch it until the next production takes its place.

This week, then, it’s the turn of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in the acclaimed National Theatre production of Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle. What made this production even more of note was that the actors swapped the lead roles each night. Thus, for one production you had Cumberbatch as the creature and Miller as Victor Frankenstein.

It was staged in 2011, and earned rave reviews. And now from tonight you get to watch it fromt home. It’ll appear on the National Theatre YouTube channel in two guises, depending who you want to see in which role.

Already live is the version with Cumberbatch as the Creature, and that’ll appear here…

And from May 1st, there’s the version with Johnny Lee Miller as the creature, which will appear here…

Both versions will then be available for seven days.

As always, the National Theatre is making resources available to go with the production. You can download the full cast list here, and there’s a list of learning resources here.

No word yet on what next week’s production will be. We’ll keep you posted, of course.

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