Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller Frankenstein Play Heading to U.S. Theaters

Frankenstein - Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller and director Danny Boyle who weren't lucky enough to cross the pond to catch the trio's intriguing Royal National Theatre production of Frankenstein, you're in luck! A filmed recording of the play, in which Cumberbatch and Miller took turns playing the dual roles of Frankenstein and his monster (a tag-team performance that won them the 2012 UK Olivier Award for Best Actor) is heading to theaters stateside this June. Details after the jump!

Fathom Events will screen the recording of the Boyle-directed Frankenstein in select theaters this June 6 and 7 (get the full list of participating theaters here). Miller, meanwhile, can also be seen in this week's Dark Shadows; Cumberbatch will next appear in 2013 blockbusters The Hobbit and Star Trek 2.

More on Frankenstein:

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 disturbing classic gothic tale.

This visionary production, directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, will shock audiences into the mysterious world of Frankenstein. Do not miss the thrilling twist of a classic tale as Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller (who share the 2012 UK Olivier Award for Best Actor) reverse roles each night from the creator to the created.

Suitable for audiences 15 years old and up.



  • SD says:

    This was on last year but we could not find anyone locally showing it. It is nice to see that we have a few possibilities this time around.

    I do not know if we will have a choice but, on the off chance that we do, can anyone recommend which version is better?

    I feel that Miller as the Doctor and Cumberbatch as the monster is the more compelling option.

    • Aki says:

      The stage production is electrifying and both versions are worth seeing. I would recommend to see both, but if you can only make it for one, my suggestion is go for the actor whom you like better or are more interested in as the monster (The Creature), which is a bigger and more unusual/ extraordinary part and Victor Frankenstein is not on the stage for about 30 mins. Also, which version you may like better is all down to your personal taste. Here is the critics' review page on the NT website:

      I've seen both versions and personally if I can only choose one, I would go for the version you mentioned.

      • SD says:

        Thank you for the extra information.

      • SD says:

        I do not know if you will check back here but I just wanted to thank you for the suggestion. We just got back from seeing it with Cumberbatch as the creature and it was truly spectacular.

  • sami says:

    do we know who is playing dr frankenstein/the creature for each night yet? i saw cumberbatch's understudy as dr frankenstein last year and wanted to see him as it finally!!

  • Max Renn says:

    I never thought I'd see 'Jonny Lee Miller' and 'Best Actor' mentioned in the same article.

    • Lawrence Fechtenberger says:

      So, no one is going to mention the fact that both leading men went on to play modern day versions of Sherlock Holmes (Cumberbatch in the BBC series SHERLOCK, Miller in the CBS pilot ELEMENTARY)? Well, then, neither shall I.

  • Sam says:

    I'm interested in seeing the one with Benedict Cumberbatch is the creature, so would I see original casting or reverse casting?