Frankenstein, encore

SIFF again presents National Theatre of London production of new play

Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternate roles in Boyle’s adaptation of “Frankenstein.”

Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternate roles in Boyle’s adaptation of “Frankenstein.”

The National Theatre of London returns to Sedona on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10, when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the encore of the award-winning London productions of "Frankenstein". The screenings will be presented at the festival's Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

"Frankenstein" is a new play by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley. It returns to the stage and screen as an encore production in celebration of the National Theatre's 50th Anniversary.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) returned to the theatre to direct this visionary new production. Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Dark Shadows, CBS's "Elementary") and Benedict Cumberbatch (Warhorse, BBC's "Sherlock," Star Trek sequel) alternate roles in Boyle's adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic.

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

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling classic gothic tale.

"Frankenstein" was a hit with audiences and critics, playing to sell-out performances during its entire run in London.

"Frankenstein" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on two days only: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10.

Cumberbatch and Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in two electrifying broadcasts. Both versions will be shown.

• Saturday, Nov. 9 - Version 1 (Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature; Jonny Lee Miller as Dr. Frankenstein) will show at 4 p.m.

• Sunday, Nov. 10 - Version 2 (Jonny Lee Miller as the creature; Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Frankenstein) will show at 7 p.m.

Tickets for each show are $15 (general admission) or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling (928) 282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

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