Each week the National Theatre are giving free access to one of their productions on YouTube.
At a time when many theatre fans around the world aren’t able to visit National Theatre Live venues or local theatres, they are offering National Theatre At Home.
You will be able to watch some of the best British theatre from the comfort of your living room, via YouTube with different performances free for one week.
We’ve had Jane Eyre and Treasure Island, and starting from 7pm this week AND next there are two versions of Frankenstein – first with Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature and then the week after the roles are swapped with Johnny Lee Miller as the creature. (You can watch them any time after the start date, 7pm is just when you can first start watching).
Here is the trailer for Frankenstein
Text taken from the National Theatre website:
“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.
Watch Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein from Thursday 30 April at 7pm UK time until 7 May at 7pm.
Then watch Frankenstein with Jonny Lee Miller as the creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein from Friday 1 May at 7pm UK time until 8 May at 7pm.”
Tickets for these performances are astonishingly expensive so although it’s a bit strange watching these theatre productions on a small screen but I do recommend it.