Nick Dear on adapting Frankenstein for the National

11th March 2011


The playwright talks to Carole Woddis about the work involved in adapting Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for director Danny Boyle’s acclaimed staging at the National.

I was very clear I didn’t want to do what I refer to as the Dickensian epic. I didn’t want it to come in at three hours and twenty minutes… The smaller characters exist only to provide a framework for Victor and the Creature to do battle in.