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‘Frankenstein’ returns for Halloween; National Theatre Live schedules Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart


Very smart programming for National Theatre Live to re-release Frankenstein,” directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller,” in time for Halloween.

It certainly is creepy, especially when you can see the  “Monster’s” eyes (Johnny Lee Miller) in closeups when he realizes  he can think and act independently, which you would totally miss in a theater.

Really ugly, but sensitive and emotional, the Monster tries to fit into human society, but is shunned, which leads him to seek revenge against his creator. But he is rejected, essentially, for being different.    And that’s scary, given how people who are different, unattractive, physically disabled or had “massive weight gain” are talked about by Presidential candidate Trump who seems to be a role model for many people.  It returns to movie theaters beginning Oct. 25.

Cumberbatch also returns in the title role of “Hamlet,” beginning Nov. 15. The Encore Series closes with the international hit “War Horse,”  from Dec. 6. The play is much more theatrical and visceral on stage than is the 2011 movie because of the remarkable Handspring Puppet Co., the genius behind “War Horse.” Learn about it in this TED Talk video.

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Shakespeare TV alert for tonight, includes ‘Downton Abbey’ hook

Image of the The modern, reconstructed Globe Theatre. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
The modern, reconstructed Globe Theatre. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Why wasn’t this in my many Channel 13 emails that always include reminders to donate money but not a word that Lord Grantham was going to talk about being Ralph Fiennes understudy.

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