An absolutely brilliant play. I myself saw it quite a few times thanks to National Theatre Live since I do not live in London. If you are Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller, Danny Boyle, Nick Dear, or National Theatre fans, you may have heard of it. You may have even heard of it if you are not because it garnered a lot of attention. An insane amount of attention. But this post is about the script.
Dear does an amazing job at telling the Creature's story since we only hear Victor's side from Shelley. You start with the Creature's birth and watch as he begins to learn the different stages of life: he learns to speak from De Lacy, the old, blind man. You see that he is capable of understanding and is, at times, much more humane than anyone else.
The whole play has a strange parallel between Victor and the Creature--as the creature grows more in intellect, Victor grows a little more insane.
There are quite a few key scenes that are so beautifully crafted. I would love to sit here and tell you all about it, but I suggest you go and read it for yourself.
The ending scene is just brilliant. Incredibly sad and touching, but the absolute reverse of everything in the opening scene.
It's absolutely fantastic. And, if you are interested, the National Theatre is doing a few additional broadcasts of the play this summer. Just go to their site for more information. This script, this play, this production, is hands-down, the greatest thing I have seen put on.