It’s alive: Na­tional Theatre’s Franken­stein

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There may be no fig­ure in lit­er­a­ture with more in­tense daddy is­sues than the Crea­ture in Mary Shel­ley’s clas­sic novel, Franken­stein, which cel­e­brates its 200th birthday this year. In the Na­tional Theatre’s 2011 pro­duc­tion of Nick Dear’s stage adap­ta­tion di­rected by Danny Boyle, Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch and Jonny Lee Miller al­ter­nated be­tween playing the Crea­ture and Vic­tor Franken­stein. The duo are some­thing like real-life dop­pel­gängers in that Cum­ber­batch plays Sher­lock Holmes on the Bri­tish show Sher­lock, and Miller plays Holmes on El­e­men­tary, an Amer­i­can take on the fic­tional sleuth. Cum­ber­batch plays the Crea­ture in the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter’s (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) pre­sen­ta­tion of NT Live in HD: Franken­stein at 7 p.m. Mon­day, Oct. 29. Tick­ets are $22 at tick­, 505-988-1234. — J.L.

Naomie Har­ris and Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch

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