- $17 for one ticket to a screening of National Theatre Live’s Frankenstein or John (up to $28.75 value)
- Where: Symphony Space
- Seating: general admission
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Frankenstein on Saturday, December 27, at 7 p.m., featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as The Creature. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
- Frankenstein on Sunday, December 28, at 7 p.m., featuring Jonny Lee Miller as The Creature. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
- John on Saturday, January 10, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
National Theatre Live
London’s Royal National Theatre brings world-class drama to stages and screens across the globe through their National Theatre Live broadcasts. Stars of stage, film, and TV perform in acclaimed plays to live audiences, and their work is captured to be later shared with audiences too far away to commute to the venue.
A canvas of lights slowly pulses like a heartbeat overhead, casting a harsh glow on a strange contraption. Out of this man-made womb, a bizarre figure is born—and nothing is ever quite the same again, for the creature or its creator. This is the opening scene of Frankenstein, a new adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire). Film and television stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller alternate between the roles of the Doctor and the Monster, dual casting that allows them to find the humanity in one and the grotesqueness in the other. Naomi Harris (Skyfall) joins them as Elizabeth, the innocent caught in the middle of the pair’s sinister cat-and-mouse game.
John is the newest work from DV8 Physical Theatre’s Lloyd Newson, known for his psychologically insightful social commentaries such as Can We Talk About This? and To Be Straight With You. Originally conceived as an exploration of male sexuality drawn from real-life interviews, Newson soon struck upon a new subject when he met John. After witnessing his mother’s death from heroin overdose at 10 years old, John was set upon a path of addiction, petty theft, violence, and, eventually, redemption. His story is recounted through spoken-word pieces and illustrative movement. This show contains adult themes, strong language, and nudity, and is recommended for ages 18 and older.
The first event held in Symphony Space was a signal of the venue's ambitions and its creative approach to programming. In 1978, Allan Miller and Selected Shorts public-radio host Isaiah Sheffer reopened the formerly decaying market-turned-skating-rink-turned-theater to the public with 12 straight hours of Bach, including a night's-end chorus of hundreds of amateur and professional voices singing the composer's Mass in B Minor. Today, Symphony Space continues to welcome a diverse community from the neighborhood and beyond for performances from established and emerging artists.