Sun, Aug. 18

Sedona Film Festival presents big screen premiere of 'Frankenstein'

The National Theatre of London returns to Sedona July 19-20 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of the award-winning London productions of "Frankenstein." There will be two shows each day at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival's Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

"Think of it as getting fifth row orchestra seats to the best show on the London stage, right here in Sedona," said festival director Patrick Schweiss. "This is the second encore show we are presenting this summer from London. We will carry the entire new season of the National Theatre productions in the coming year."

"Frankenstein" is a new play by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley.

Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) returned to the theatre to direct this visionary new production. Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Dark Shadows) 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 and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

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

The Times raves: "This taut, thrilling play runs with hardly a moment for breath. Lee Miller and Cumberbatch are both terffic. ... It is a theatrical coup ... wonderful: thoughtful, exciting and moving!"

"The National Theatre has a hit on its hands," boasts the Evening Standard. "The opening 10 minutes are stunning. They are as atmospheric as theatre ever gets." And the London Daily Mail raves "This is a memorable production and will doubtless be spoken of for years to come. Boyle draws terrifically gutsy performances from his two leads. The visceral nature of the performances is tremendously impressive."

Cumberatch and Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in two electrifying broadcasts. Both versions will be shown. To see both versions a separate ticket will need to be purchased for both showings (a discount will be given for attending the second performance).

Tickets for one show are $15 (general admission) or $12.50 for Film Festival members. If you wish to see both versions of "Frankenstein," the tickets for the second performance will be $12 (general admission) or $9 for Film Festival members.

Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: