Oscar winner Danny Boyle is returning to his theatre roots as part of the National Theatre’s second season for 2010 with a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Boyle will make his debut at the respected venue directing Nick Dear’s play as a “large-scale and theatrically and visually ambitious stage production.”
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post Sir Nicholas Hytner, the newly knighted director of the National Theatre, said, “Danny first talked about this eight years ago, and it has taken him eight years. He said he was coming back to the theatre after being ‘distracted’ by 15 years of film-making.”
Boyle began his career at London’s Royal Court and at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Sir Nicholas continued, “Danny is as comfortable here in the theatre as he is holding his camera in the slums of Mumbai. He has a very particular take on the material by Shelley, but it will be exciting to see what has been altered by what he has discovered about himself through 15 years of film-making.”
Boyle’s production of Frankenstein will coincide with the new season of “NT Live”, which will be shown in cinemas throughout the UK, and there are also plans for “NT Live” to be screened in cinemas in the US as well.
No casting announcements have been made as of yet, but we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open.
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