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Danny Boyle Takes FRANKENSTEIN to The UK Stage

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 hours) is taking his vision of Frankenstein to the UK stage. his plans are unique as he'll have his actors rotate roles between Victor Von Frankenstein and the monster. the stage play will star Jonny Lee Miller ( Dexter) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock). The play begins tonight and on March 17th it will be broadcast live by satellite and in hi-def to 370 cinemas across mother Earth, including 85 cities in the U.S.  the play will then be broadcast across the UK and Europe beginning March 24th with an estimates 100,000 people watching. The response is so over-whelming they have already extended dates through May.                               

The National theatre will host Danny Boyle's Frankenstein with 2 camera rehearsals and up to 8 cameras recording the play on the night of the show.  He'll sit through a camera run-through and will make suggestions before the show goes live.  Here's what David Sabel, NT head of digital media had to say;

“Our biggest problem is always, how can we make this exciting to watch rather than just have one static camera at the back? We’re not making a movie, it’s very much the live experience. This doesn’t feel like a piece of theatre that’s being re-staged for the cinema – you feel incredibly connected to the live performance. Our U.S. audience is growing quite dramatically.”
All of this is still very new but is  steadily growing, estimating that theatres worldwide only earned $318 million from screening opera, concerts, and other events in 2010 compared to the global box office of $30 billion.  There  are more than 100 screens in the UK taking part in NT Live including the big 3 chains -- Cineworld, Odeon and Vue – as well as independent art house screens. Many U.S. venues already participate in live feeds including the Metropolitan Opera House which is in its 5th season of live performances.
 
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