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NYU Skirball Center to Present Two National Theatre Live Broadcasts of Frankenstein, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, Alternating the Lead Roles

February 22, 2011

New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will screen the two versions of Danny Boyle’s forthcoming National Theatre production of Frankenstein, a new play by Nick Dear based on Mary Shelley’s novel, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.   The screenings will take place at 7 p.m. on March 24—Miller (Victor) and Cumberbatch (Creature)—and March 27—Miller (Creature) and Cumberbatch (Victor).

National Theatre Live presents the best of British theatre, recorded live and then broadcast from London to a world-wide audience via satellite.  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein comes to London's National Theatre in a new adaptation directed by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire).

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 friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.  Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Reserved-seating tickets are $12-$25 and may be purchased online at, by phone at 212.352.3101 or in person at the Box Office.  NYU discounted tickets can be purchased online through NYUHome or in person at NYU Ticket Central. Please note: this production contains themes of an adult nature and is not recommended for children under 15.  NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square).  For a complete and current calendar, visit:

National Theatre broadcasts are made possible at NYU Skirball Center by the International Distribution Representative of NT Live, BY Experience.  For more information visit

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Press Contact: Richard Pierce | (212) 998-6796

NYU Skirball Center to Present Two National Theatre Live Broadcasts of Frankenstein, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, Alternating the Lead Roles

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller star in alternating lead roles in the National Theatre Live screenings of “FRANKENSTEIN” March 24 and 27 at NYU Skirball Center.

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