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Free Frankenstein Teaching Resources from the National Theatre

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: September 2020
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The National Theatre’s production of Frankenstein is no longer available to watch as part of National Theatre At Home. However, schools can still watch the full show through the National Theatre Collection service and download the free education pack (see below).

Read more information about the National Theatre Collection and the National Theatre’s current NT At Home performances.

Production shot from the National Theatre At Home production of Frankenstein

About the National Theatre’s Frankenstein.

Frankenstein was filmed live in 2011 at the National Theatre in London. This thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, seen by more than 800,000 people in cinemas worldwide.

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), this production of Frankenstein sees Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Hamlet, Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of 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 increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

This filmed performance is recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Frankenstein teaching resources

Free Frankenstein Education Pack.

Download the National Theatre’s official Frankenstein teaching resources. The resource helps you and your students explore the production at home with insights into the show and process.

Use this resource to support GCSE and A-Level Drama and English students reviewing the show. This resource also supports Key Stage 3 as an introduction to the themes from Frankenstein. However, please note that there are scenes in the production that may not be suitable for the younger students.

Educational Videos

Watch these educational videos from the National Theatre to support the resource. Explore the life of Mary Shelley and how the production was brought to the stage.

Download the National Theatre’s official Frankenstein Learning Resource.

About National Theatre At Home

National Theatre At Home is a way of seeing some of the NT’s famous work from the comfort of our homes, each Thursday from 7pm.

The series kicked off with their hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors. They continued with a range of productions including Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Frankenstein, Barber Shop Chronicles and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Currently available is the Nottingham Playhouse production of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III. Small Island, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Blancs, The Deep Blue Sea and Amadeus has also been announced.

Read more about National Theatre At Home.

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How to watch the National Theatre At Home production of Frankenstein.

The National Theatre’s production of Frankenstein is no longer available to watch as part of National Theatre At Home. However, schools can still watch the full show through the National Theatre Collection service.

Read more information about the National Theatre Collection and the National Theatre’s current NT At Home performances.

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