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.
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.
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.
- Mary Shelley: A Biography
- Frankenstein: Stories of man-made monsters
- Victor Frankenstein: a character study
- The Creature: a character study
- Doubling Frankenstein and The Creature
- Cruelty, Violence and The Creature
- Directing Frankenstein
- Adapting Novels for the Stage
How to watch 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.
Find out more about the National Theatre’s Educational Offering
As well as the National Theatre Collection, the NT offers a wide range of education packs, educational videos and other resources that you can use for free.
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