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A Danny Boyle lovefest over 'Frankenstein' stage production

February 24, 2011 |  1:16 pm

Danny Boyle While other Oscar nominees have been busy on the campaign trail, "127 Hours" director Danny Boyle has been off in London, staging "Frankenstein" for the National Theatre.

The play, based on the classic Mary Shelley novel about the scientist and his monster, was widely anticipated. Boyle's production features dual casting with Jonny Lee Miller (one of the stars of his 1996 film, "Trainspotting") and Benedict Cumberbatch, who trade off playing Victor Frankenstein and the Creature on alternating nights.

Overall, the critics hailed Boyle's "Frankenstein," calling it "a thrill," "a bravura triumph" and "an embarrassment of riches." Our sister blog Culture Monster has a roundup of what the critics said. Click here for a full report, including a list of movie theaters where you can see "Frankenstein" live as part of the National Theatre's NT Live program. And check out the video trailer below.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Danny Boyle. Credit: Paul Hackett / Reuters