Critic's Notebook: The stark relevance of NT Live's 'Frankenstein'
National Theatre Live's broadcast of “Frankenstein” has been generating much excitement. The London production marks the return to the theater of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who are alternating the roles of the Creature and Victor Frankenstein.
But in a critic’s notebook, I consider a different source of contemporary interest: Shelley’s commentary on the limits and responsibilities of science — a subject that has taken on new urgency during the unfolding nuclear crisis in Japan.
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-- Charles McNulty
Photo: Benedict Cumberbatch The Creature, Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein. Credit:Catherine Ashmore