Superb Frankenstein

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MARY Shelley dreamed up a man-made monster for her early 19th century novel Frankenstein that has been shown on stage and screen on and off ever since.

What she could possibly never have dreamed up is that an audience in a little market town – Spalding – would be able to watch a fabulous production being staged in London on a live feed to our screen in South Holland Centre.

It’s not the first time I’ve experienced National Theatre Live, but once again I was impressed not just with the quality of work we were able to enjoy but by the experience itself. Interestingly, we caught glimpses of the London audience so that they became part of our experience, something that for us was a cross-over between theatre and film.

Shelley’s ghost story may have been written as a warning of the inhuman aspect of science, but scientific and technological developments have brought enormous benefits to mankind. And they have allowed us to share productions such as Danny Boyle’s (Slumdog Millionaire and Olympic opening ceremony maestro) highly acclaimed production of Frankenstein.

The show, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Victor Frankenstein and Jonny Lee Miller putting in a convincing performance as his creature, was superb. I just wish I could see the show again tonight when those two actors reverse roles.

review by JEAN HODGE