Frankenstein - Royal Opera House

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Venue Information
Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House
Bow Street

Seating Plan


(3 mins) The Opera House is off Covent Garden piazza, which is visible from the tube station exit. There is a revolving door entrance at the piazza.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 5 out of 5 stars based on 2 review(s)


Latest Review: "Fantastic preview on Sat 12 Feb, (Victor/Cumberbatch & Creature/JLM). Danger of spoiling surp..."

Age Restriction: Suitable for 12+

Ever since it was first announced early in 2010 there has been great anticipation for Danny Boyle’s return to the theatre with a new production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which is set to run at the Olivier National Theatre from February 2011. The show will follow the creature from the classic piece of literature as he is cast out by his creator into a hostile world. It will also be a unique telling of the story as it has been adapted by Nick Dear and will feature Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in the roles of Dr Frankenstein and his monster, with the pair alternating in the parts on different nights.

Danny Boyle is, of course, best known for his film work and for the screen he has directed movies like Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and 127 Hours, amongst others. However, his career began in the theatre where he directed shows for the Royal Court Theatre in London and for the Royal Shakespeare Company, making Frankenstein his first stage work in many years. It comes at a great time in his career, with his current movie 127 Hours with James Franco accumulating great praise on both sides of the Atlantic and his previous film Slumdog Millionaire landing him a coveted Academy Award.

The play will also see him reunite with Jonny Lee Miller after the actor previously appeared in Trainspotting. Miller also has a host of other credits to his name, from Hackers to Dracula 2000, with television credits that include Eli tone and EastEnders. Meanwhile, his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch has been making a name for himself thanks to his appearance in the television series Sherlock, in which he portrayed a modern day version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional sleuth, and will also be seen onscreen in the Stephen Spielberg adaption of War Horse.

So it is likely to be an interesting year for The National Theatre as it gears up to welcome a revival of Clifford Odets’ Rocket To The Moon and M.I.A Buffini’s Greenland. It will clearly be hoping to repeat the success of 2010, which saw Rory Kinner begin his anticipated run in Hamlet.

Frankenstein runs at the Olivier National Theatre from Saturday 26th February 2011 to Sunday 17th April 2011.

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 27th May 2016
Booking Until: Friday, 27th May 2016
Age Restriction: Suitable for 12+
Show Status: production_closed
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