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National Theatre At Home to screen Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller directed by Danny Boyle in Frankenstein

The National Theatre Live's new At Home series has proved so popular during lockdown, it has had millions tuning in.

Its first production, One Man Two Guvnors, was streamed more than 2.5 million times in the week it was available.

National Theatre at Home will show Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller
National Theatre at Home will show Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

Its latest production to be screened has a triple whammy of stars, with film director Danny Boyle leading Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

The shows, which are shown on YouTube every Thursday at 7pm via the National Theatre’s YouTube channel, have also seen Treasure Island and this week will be Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein filmed at the National Theatre in 2011.

The production sees Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation, with the two versions being shown across two nights on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1.

Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbacth will star in Frankenstein on National Theatre at Home
Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbacth will star in Frankenstein on National Theatre at Home

Following that, Simon Godwin’s sell-out production of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra featuring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as the famous lovers will be streamed on Thursday, May 7.

Both productions will be free to stream, and then available on demand for seven days.

Rufus Norris, director and joint chief executive of the National Theatre, said: “We’ve been completely overwhelmed by the response to National Theatre at Home since we launched at the start of April.

National Theatre at Home will star Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle in 2011
National Theatre at Home will star Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle in 2011

"We know that these are difficult and challenging times for many, and we hope that through this initiative we’re able to supply a weekly slice of entertainment for people to enjoy together, albeit digitally, when each production goes out at 7pm on Thursdays."

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