Danny Boyle returns to his theater roots with the opening today of his stage adaptation of the classic novel Frankenstein. Currently in previews, the production officially opens on February 22 for a run at the National Theatre through April 17.
As director, Boyle has once again tapped Underworld to contribute to his project. Underworld is providing a “soundscore” for the play, presumably consisting of music, effects, and sound design. Underworld is collaborating with composer Alex Baranowski for the score, and Simon Gogerly is providing the sound mixing, which he also did for Barking. The Olivier Theatre is being outfitted with a Funktion One sound system, provided by John Newsham, Underworld Live’s sound engineer.
The play stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller (Sick Boy in Boyle’s Trainspotting), alternating the title roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature each night. Here is a review of one of the preview performances.
The show is already sold out for its currently announced run, but fortunately, it is part of the National Theatre Live program, and will be broadcast live to movie cinemas around the world. For the March 17 broadcast, Cumberbatch will play the Creature, and for the March 24 broadcast, Miller will play the Creature. International dates for the broadcast will vary. To find the venue nearest you playing the broadcasts, click here. The reverse casting performance will only be broadcast by some venues. Check with your venue to make sure.