Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller to Alternate in Title Role of National's Frankenstein
By Mark Shenton
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will alternate in the title role of a new stage version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that will come to the National's Olivier Theatre in February 2011.
Danny Boyle, best known now as a film director of such features as the Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire," "Trainspotting," "Shallow Grave," "28 Days Later" and his newest film "127 Hours," will direct, returning to the theatrical stage where his career as a director first began. The stage version is being scripted by playwright Nick Dear.
On the nights they are not playing Frankenstein, Cumberbatch and Miller will also alternate in the role of the Creature that Frankenstein creates.
Cumberbatch was most recently seen at the National Theatre in Rattigan's After the Dance. His other extensive stage credits include productions of Ibsen's Lady from the Sea and Hedda Gabler, and Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment, all for the Almeida. On TV, he recently starred as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series "Sherlock." Other credits include Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama "Hawking," for which he was BAFTA nominated, William Pitt in the film "Amazing Grace," the lead in the thriller miniseries "The Last Enemy" and major roles in the films "Atonement," "Small Island" and "The Other Boleyn Girl."
Miller was last seen on the London stage in the original production of Festen at the Almeida and on Broadway in After Miss Julie for the Roundabout Theatre Company. Other stage credits include the original stage production of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing. On film, he starred as Sick Boy in Boyle's "Trainspotting," and in "Hackers," "Regeneration" and Wes Craven's "Dracula 2000." On TV, he appeared in the ABC series "Eli Stone" and has guested on "Dexter."
Formal dates have not yet been announced, and booking is not yet open.
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