Cumberbatch! British ‘Frankenstein’ At Avon

Frankenstein (10.31) Or — The Battle of the Network Sherlocks. Tonight at the Avon, a very special Frankenstein. England’s National Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a series of encore “National Theatre Live” broadcasts (like this 2011 monster mash-up) along with new productions. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller switched roles depending on which night you went to the theater. No word on who is who tonight at the Avon. Ben Brantley reviewed the play for The New York Times after seeing both versions.

That opening sequence, in which the bloodied and naked Creature pushes through a membrane and into existence, has been staged as a brilliant, lonely ballet. Watching each of these actors (whom I saw on succeeding nights) find their feet and test their body parts is such a dizzy high point that it can’t be topped. (And their approaches are just different enough to make you want to see both.)

This would appear to be a rebroadcast of the original live broadcast, so . . . not really . . . live. But it used to be.

7pm, Thursday, October 31, Avon Cinema, 260 Thayer Street

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