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'Frankenstein' comes alive at MIAC screening

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture presents an encore screening of National Theatre Live’s Frankenstein on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 12:55 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, this thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch as Frankenstein’s Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by over half a million people in cinemas around the world.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing tale.

The production has received unanimous raves from British critics:

“The actors complement each other perfectly.”— Guardian

“It’s stylish, ambitious and looks astonishing.” — Evening Standard

“A memorable production... will doubtless be spoken of for years to come.” —Daily Mail

Tickets are on sale now at, or by calling the box office at 814-824-3000. Prices are: Adult, $18; Senior/Student $15; and Youth, $10.