Here's the trailer for the play Frankenstein, which opens in London at the National Theater this Thursday. Two intriguing points: 1.) This production is helmed by Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director behind Slumdog Milionaire, 127 Hours, and the appropriately terrifying zombie movie 28 Days Later. 2.) Boyle's Frankenstein is part of the National Theater Live program – now in its second season – and will be simulcast live in hundreds of movie theaters all over the world. There are 12 participating venues in California alone – click here to find out if there's one near you.
For a pre-screening refresher, you can download Mary Shelley's classic novel for free at Project Gutenberg, or as a free audiobook at LibriVox. And whatever you do, don't miss this video of the gorgeous 1934 illustrated edition, with woodcuts by the American artist Lynd Ward.
Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.