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Frankenstein opening this Saturday!!!

Frankenstein previews start this Saturday (5 February) and our very own applebeing is going to the first preview night!!!

There are so many exciting aspects to this production:
- Danny Boyle directing and returning to the stage after too many years away
- Benedict and Jonny alternating the roles of Frankenstein and the Creature
- Underworld doing the music
- the venue being the Olivier at the National. The National is my favourite theatre in London and the Olivier is its biggest stage so it is going to be spectacular!!!

The current run (until mid-April) has already sold out at the National but the National have confirmed that they are extending the run into May. Continuing performances will go on sale in early March.

Here are a couple of articles to whet your appetite: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/jan/17/a-monster-role-frankenstein-danny-boyle

In 20 years of going to the National Theatre I can honestly say hand on heart that THIS is the most hotly anticipated and exciting production that they have put on!!!


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Feb. 1st, 2011 07:24 am (UTC)
I chose my icon because when I first saw Benedict as Sherlock in Sherlock in THE COAT I completely and uttterly fell for him and was well and truly smitten.

My icon of course is not THE COAT but is from the Harpers photoshoot where Benedict is again looking hot wearing another Black Coat.

I can't affford the original but have bought myself a long black Sherlockian winter coat (the Hobbs Tyler coat). It is very long (ankle length), black and swishy. I love the look, feel and sound of it swishing around my ankles. It is to die for!!!
http://www.hobbs.co.uk/index.cfm?page=1 ... 00-BLACK-8

Now I can go Sherlocking around London's streets!

By the way, I LOVE YOUR ICON!!!
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Feb. 1st, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
"There's just something mesmerizing about a handsome & intelligent man wearing a blue wool double-breasted coat!! Let's not even talk about how it billows out around him when he's quickly turning around, running... THE coat is a character in itself!" Exactly.

Have you seen this?
Two glorious picture books:
The Coat: A Tale of Adventure
The Striped Jumper: A Tale of Bravery
Take a look!!!

"I've already got a dark grey knee length double-breasted coat with a high neck! I may not have Sherlock's brains, but I've got a similar coat!" Exactly. Agree. Agree. Agree!!!

I love Sherlocking around London in my Coat. And after this Saturday (Warriorbot's meet) I have badges for my Black Sherlockian Coat!!! One of the people at the meet -Laurab1 - brought free badges for everyone. They are genius. They are works of art. I got two. A Baker Street one with a Baker Street City Of Westminster sign, and a Sherlock and John silhouette. And a "Have an expensive Coat and flounce about in it" one. I took numerous photos of all the badges. RESULT. Now I have a fully accessorised up Black Sherlockian Coat and I can wear my fandom with pride. HOORAY!!!
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Feb. 1st, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Re Picture books - No worries. When I first saw them I thought that they were completely and utterly genius and I just fell in love with them. So I love being able to share them with fellow fans who I know will appreciate them, such as yourself!!!

"Giving human traits to objects has never looked so good!" Exactly. Couldn't have put it better myself!!!

I love badges and went wild for the ones Laura turned up with on Saturday!!! I love the fact that my Black Sherlockian Coat is now fully accessorised up!!!
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Feb. 2nd, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Picture books - the more publicity and circulation those amazing Picture Books get the better so yes send it on to as many Sherlock fans as you know!!!

I am not going to see the play until Friday 25 February, when Benedict is playing Victor - which is actually the part I want to see him play.

However, applebeing, who is a member of Mycrofting, is going on the opening preview night ie Sat 5 Feb and so I will ask her to post her review and reactions at some point over the weekend. She will do it under a cut so that those who don't want spoilers don't have to see it. I was originally going to see the play cold so that it was a surprise. However, I can't resist reading the many articles that there have already been about it so I might as well just give in to reading as many things as I can about it in advance of seeing it!!!
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Feb. 6th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)

I am going to see it at the Cinema as well, although the Cinema version I am seeing has Benedict as the Creature.

Benedict as Victor is the part I wanted to see him play too - so that is the version that I chose to see twice at the theatre - once at the start of the run (end Feb) and once at the end of the run (mid April). It is always interesting to see how a play evolves over the course of the run.

Feb. 1st, 2011 07:21 am (UTC)
The articles when I first saw and read them almost made me internally combust with excitement!!!

I just love the National and yes it is absolutely breath-taking by night. The whole area is beautiful. There is the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the London Eye, the Royal Festival Hall and the National. That stretch of the South Bank is actually my favourite part of London by a long long way!!!
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Feb. 1st, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
"I can picture it inside my mind, because that's how often I use pictures of that area as my background wallpaper! It sounds divine!" Wicked!!!

And I always say to all the overseas contingent - COME TO LONDON!!! WE WOULD HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!!
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Feb. 1st, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yes please - Come on down!!! I would love to meet you!!!

And we have a Royal Wedding this year and the Olympics next year - I can't bloody wait!!!
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Feb. 2nd, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Royal wedding. Yes I was not in London for Charles/Diana or Andrew/Sarah. However I am in London for William/Kate. So I have decided to go out on the streets of London on the actual day so that I can join in the big street party going on and really share in the atmosphere and excitement of the day. After all, William is our future King!!!

If you are coming to London in May you should know that I am throwing a party for the closing night of Frankenstein over at the National. Details are here:

ja4life - Just realised that you know all about this anyway as you have commented already and I have replied. But other Mycrofting members may not know so I have posted the link anyway!!!
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Saw this news and thought of you.

Wish you were here ;)
Feb. 9th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for thinking of me!!!
Feb. 9th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Feb. 9th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Brilliant - thank you so much for this!!!

I am just about to start my write-up of the Mark Gatiss talk.

It will be on both Mycrofting and Markcroft by sometime on Friday at the latest.

I hope you enjoy it - please do comment on it when I post. I am very interested to hear what the overseas contingent think of my writing. I am doing the write-ups for you so if there is anything different that you would like let me know and I will adapt my writing accordingly!!!

Are you going to see Frankenstein at the cinema? And if yes which version are you seeing?
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
I've put out a call to see if any of my friends want to go - I've been able to find it showing somewhere accessible in April. I'd like to see both nights, so I'm hoping to have some friends opt for one night and some for the other. Cross your fingers for me.

And I will let you know if I have questions, but I'm just really enjoying that the write-ups exist - I guess I haven't thought about 'more'.
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)

I am going to see Frankenstein at the cinema once - and Benedict will be playing the role of the Creature. I can't wait!!!

And yes you should see both nights!!! I have my fingers crossed for you!!!

My post re the Mark Gatiss talk is now live on Mycrofting - check it out!!!
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