Cumberbatch’s ‘Frankenstein’ shows in Cebu

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Cebuanos will have the rare opportunity to watch acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch in a much-anticipated special screening of National Theatre Live’s (NTL) Frankenstein, as the British Embassy’s “Great Campaign” goes to SM City Cebu.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

With this joint project of the British Embassy and SM City Cebu, film enthusiasts in the Queen City of the South can finally watch this broadcast of this live stage performance at 7:30 tonight at the mall’s Cinema 1.

Directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slum-dog Millionaire), Frankenstein features breakout star Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainpotting, Mansfield Park) in alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

H.E. British Ambassador Asif Ahmad is inviting everyone to see the filmed performance.

“We are delighted to partner with SM City Cebu to bring this production of Frankenstein for the very first time in the Philippines,” he says. “This performance from the world-renowned National Theatre is a great showcase of the creativity and talent that the UK offers. I’m sure that seeing this performance will encourage you to visit the UK and experience the vibrant live theatre scene and range of creativity in the great cities of the United Kingdom.”

NTL’s Frankenstein was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world.

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. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, pa-rental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

This is the second collaboration of the British Embassy and SM on the National Theater
Live project. The first one, the live broadcast of William Shakespeare’s Macbethm with Kenneth Branagh, was held at SM Aura Premier in 2013, drew a record crowd.

For more information about National Theatre Live and the GREAT campaign, visit the British Embassy Manila Facebook page and Twitter account (@ukinphilippines).

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