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Frankenstein at the National Theatre: Return of the mad scientist

By Philip Ball  


“Do not go to see the Monstrous Drama, founded on the improper work called FRANKENSTEIN!!! Do not take your wives, do not take your daughters, do not take your families!!!”

Although the latest adaptation of Mary Shelley’s story, scripted by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, includes nudity and a rape absent from the 1823 staging that prompted this warning, there is little here to shock even the most sensitive of…

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