November 07, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

NT Live: Frankenstein (photo by Catherine Ashmore)The National Theatre Live season continues Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Campus Theatre with a screening of Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. 

The screening begins at 1 p.m., with a running time of two hours 10 minutes with no intermission. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Admission is adults $15; senior citizens $12; students $10; students with ID $5. The Campus Theatre is located at 413 Market St. in Lewisburg

This production, rated for ages 15+, is directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, who directed Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire.

Benedict Cumberbatch, (12 Years a Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Sherlock), and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park and Elementary) jointly won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in 2012 for their performances in Frankenstein.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

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.

The Times calls this production of Frankenstein "A theatrical coup," and the Daily Telegraph calls it "A thrill. The most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town."

The National Theatre (NT Live) season 6 is sponsored by the Bucknell University Departments of Art and Art History, Classics, English, and Theatre and Dance, the Bucknell Arts Council, the Bucknell Innovation Group and the Office of the Provost.

Skylight with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan (Dec. 7) round out the fall NT Live screenings at The Campus Theatre. The spring schedule includes John (Jan. 25), Treasure Island (Feb. 21), Of Mice and Men (March 22), The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard (May 3) and Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes (May 31). For more information on these productions, visit http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ 

NT Live productions, which are screened in more than 700 venues worldwide, include productions at other U.K. theatres. Cameras are brought to the theatre one evening, and that live performance is seen, via satellite. U.S. theatres generally delay the broadcasts until the evening, or show the production on different days. These are the original live satellite feeds; no editing takes place between the time of transmission and showing.

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