Frankenstein comes to life at the Quick Center for Halloween

British superstars Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch appear in alternating roles for NT Live in HD broadcasts, Oct. 30, 2p.m. and 7 p.m.

FrankensteinThis Halloween season, British stars of stage, screen, and American and BBC television, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch, bring Frankenstein to life. The Quick Center for the Arts presents National Theatre Live encore broadcasts in HD of the award-winning production at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Tickets are $25, $20 seniors, $15 students/children. Please note: Given graphic elements in the production, it is strongly advised that the presentation is not appropriate for ages 15 and under. For further details, please contact the Quick Center for the Arts' box office.

Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC's Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS's Elementary) alternate in roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs. The Quick Center's 2 p.m. encore broadcast features Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein and Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature. Thursday's 7 p.m. encore broadcast features Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature. 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.

"Frankenstein," by Mary Shelley, was published in 1818, since which time there have been nearly 100 adaptations both on screen and in the theatre. Playwright Nick Dear and director Danny Boyle first discussed collaborating on "Frankenstein" in the 1990s, but it wasn't until 2004 that they revisited the project. They brought their vision to life in the National Theatre's 2011 production. Originally broadcast by National Theatre Live in March 2011, it has become a global phenomenon, resulting in three encore screenings in more than 25 countries and being seen by nearly a quarter of a million people. 

In this video highlight, Director Danny Boyle and playwright Nick Dear discuss their unique adaptation in this in-depth discussion with writer Christopher Frayling.

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage in High Definition to cinemas across the globe. Each live broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the auditorium, giving cinema audiences the 'best seat in the house' view of each production. And for the first time in its history, the National Theatre Live series will include a play performed and filmed on Broadway, the critically-acclaimed Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and Chris O'Dowd, coming to the Quick Center on Nov. 6, 2014.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit

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Posted on October 24, 2014

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