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Unique Frankenstein Production with Alternating Stars Comes to the Clark Live in HD from London’s National Theatre

For Immediate Release

July 02, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Two different presentations of the play Frankenstein come to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, July 19, and Thursday, July 26, at 4 pm, recorded live in HD at London’s National Theatre. Tickets are $25 ($20 members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

This unique production, adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), based on the classic novel by Mary Shelley, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. On July 19 Benedict Cumberbatch will play the role of the Creature; on July 26 he will play the role of Victor Frankenstein.

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, parental neglect, cognitive development, and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Calendar Listing

July 19, 26: Two different presentations of the play Frankenstein come to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, July 19, and Thursday, July 26, at 4 pm, recorded live in HD at London’s National Theatre. Tickets are $25 ($20 members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. This unique production, adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), based on the classic novel by Mary Shelley, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. On July 19 Benedict Cumberbatch will play the role of the Creature; on July 26 he will play the role of Victor Frankenstein. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588
smajewski@clarkart.edu

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