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National Theatre at Home: Frankenstein

By Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley

30 April to 8 May 2020
Running Time: 2 hours

5 star rating

A hell of a production.

The Times
4 star rating

A monster hit.

Time Out
4 star rating

A thrill… the most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

The actors complement each other perfectly.


It's stylish, ambitious and looks astonishing.

Evening Standard

National Theatre at Home: Frankenstein

Filmed live in 2011 from the stage of the National Theatre in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by more than 800,000 people in cinemas around the world.

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), this production of Frankenstein sees Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Hamlet, Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

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 increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

This filmed performance is recommended for ages 12 and up. This recording has been adjusted for YouTube.

The premiere of both versions of Frankenstein took place on National Theatre's YouTube channel on 30 April and 1 May 2020. 

Frankenstien is now available to watch on National Theatre at Home
If you’re a customer in the UK and Ireland these plays are available to watch on Prime Video as part of the Great British Theatre series with an Amazon Prime Subscription. Find out more here.


We’re all about experiencing theatre together.

At a time when many theatre fans around the world aren’t able to visit National Theatre Live venues or local theatres, we’re excited to bring you National Theatre at Home.

Both versions of Frankenstein were made available to watch on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel:  
Benedict Cumberbatch performing as the creature from 30 April at 7pm, to 7 May at 7pm.
Jonny Lee Miller performing as the creature from 1 May at 7pm, to 8 May at 7pm.

Some of the best British theatre was free to watch from the comfort of your living room, via YouTube, with each title available for one week.

Thank you to all the amazing artists who have allowed us to share Frankenstein in this way, during a time when many theatre fans aren’t able to visit their local theatre.

Doubling Frankenstein and The Creature | National Theatre at Home

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller each took on two roles for the monster hit production of Frankenstein. But what was it like, alternating characters each performance? Danny Boyle (director), Nick Dear (playwright) and the actors reveal all.

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Directing Frankenstein | Academy Award®-Winner Danny Boyle | National Theatre at Home

Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) tells us about directing Nick Dear's stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale, Frankenstein.

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Production photos of Frankenstein by Catherine Ashmore