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Danny Boyle’s ‘Frankenstein’ London Stage Play Coming To U.S. Cinemas For 2 Nights

By | Tuesday May 8, 2012 @ 2:57pm PDT

Frankenstein Benedict CumberbatchDanny Boyle‘s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at London’s National Theatre is coming to select U.S. cinemas June 6-7. The two-night showing is presented by NCM’s Fathom Events, in collaboration with National Theatre Live and BY Events. Boyle’s Frankenstein was written by Nick Dear and starred Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch — the actors alternated playing Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. Those Frankenstein Jonny Lee Millerperformances earned the pair a joint Best Actor prize at London’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2011. Boyle’s production of Dear’s reinterpretation of the gothic tale was filmed twice, so audiences can see both men in both parts. Originally performed and recorded live in March of last year, Frankenstein will be broadcast to more than 200 U.S. movie theaters. As Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva has noted, Miller has been cast as Sherlock Holmes in CBS’ pilot Elementary while Cumberbatch can be currently seen playing a modern-day Sherlock in PBS’ Sherlock, which just kicked off its second season in the U.S.

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Jonny Lee Miller To Play Sherlock Holmes In CBS Pilot ‘Elementary’

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 11:18am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS’s Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary has solved its first big mystery — who will play the famous detective. Former Eli Stone star Jonny Lee Miller has been tapped as the lead of the project, a modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes who now lives in New York City. Robert Doherty wrote the script and is executive producing the CSB TV Studios pilot with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Michael Cuesta is on board to direct. Following his stint as the title character on the ABC drama series Eli Stone, British actor Miller did an arc on Dexter. He most recently starred in Danny Boyle’s stage version of Frankenstein in London, a role that earned him a best actor Evening Standard Theatre Award. He shared it with his co-lead Benedict Cumberbatch who coincidentally plays Holmes on BBC’s much lauded series Sherlock, a modern update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic set in London. Miller, repped by IFA and Independent Talent Group, will next be seen in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and Neil Jordan’s Byzantium.

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‘Frankenstein’ A Monster Hit, Say Critics

The reviews are in — and London’s critics are swooning after sitting through two nights of director Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre. Boyle had actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller playing the parts of Dr. Frankenstein and the Monster on Tuesday night. Then the thesps swapped roles for Wednesday night. The Guardian called Boyle’s production “a bravura triumph … a stunning evening”, while The Times has called it “a theatrical coup”. Oscar-winner Boyle’s work, the paper continued, “is the equivalent of jamming your fingers into a plug socket”. Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph’s review concludes: “Boyle, returning to the theatre after his Oscar-winning success with Slumdog Millionaire, pulls off something truly spectacular here. The Frankenstein story has become so familiar that it might seem an impossible task to make the old story seem fresh. Yet somehow Boyle does just that.” The Daily Express struck the only sour note, saying that Nick Dear’s script “often dragged as badly as the Creature’s foot when he learnt to walk”. The National Theatre will use high tech to beam Boyle’s Frankenstein production from the London stage to the U.S. in hi-def to 85 cinemas on March 17th and then on March 23rd. Audiences in Los Angeles will be able to see it at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood. (For more background, see Danny Boyle Does Read More »

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Danny Boyle Does Frankenstein On UK Stage

He wryly described his career directing films, including the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and the currently Oscar-nominated 127 Hours, as “a long distraction” recently. That’s because Danny Boyle made his name directing on the British stage, and his hot ticket National Theatre production of Frankenstein started previews tonight. It’s the first play he has directed in 15 years and his staging is unique: his actors will alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and The Creature. Starring Jonny Lee Miller (who starred in the recent season of Dexter as “Jordan Chase”) and Benedict Cumberbatch (star of the BBC hit Sherlock), Frankenstein will be broadcast via satellite live in hi-def to 370 cinemas globally on March 17th, including 85 sites in the U.S. The play also will be broadcast to the UK and Europe on March 24th. It is estimated that around 100,000 people worldwide will watch both shows with the idea they can compare and contrast the performances. Miller will play Frankenstein with Cumberbatch as the monster on March 17th, then they will swap roles on March 24th. It may be the only chance most people to get to see the show which sold out its initial 10-week run almost immediately. Now Frankenstein has been extended until early May, although tickets have not gone on sale yet.

The National Theatre started broadcasting theatre shows live in June 2009 when Helen Mirren starred as Phaedra. This is the 10th live transmission. Tomorrow, London’s Donmar Warehouse will broadcast Derek Jacobi as King Lear. As for Frankenstein, Boyle … Read More »

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