And actually he was…
Benedict Cumberbatch - Patrick Fraser Photoshoot [HQ]
We appreciate the huge amount of interest in Frankenstein, which has continued since the original broadcasts. In response to popular demand, we sought the necessary rights to be able to show the broadcasts again and are delighted we have been able to offer audiences further opportunities to see it…
Okay so i saw Look Back In Anger today!
Firstly, autograph dealers are wankers. If it wasn’t for their bombardment both BEFORE and AFTER the show, perhaps Benedict’s real fans would have gotten the opportunity to meet him.
Anyway. I spoke with him twice. He came out to get lunch and refused photos and auographs so i said, ‘What about on your way back?’ And he peered underneath his hat, with his lovely little eyes and said, ‘Yeah sure’. But that turned to shit when he did come back 10 mins later.
I am FULLY satisfied that although Benedict looked PISSED at the mini-mob beforehand while being rained on, I showed him ‘Pocket Benedict’, (See previous posts) And he did this giggle/smile and said, ‘Oh you guys!’. So throughout the shit, i can relish in the fact i made him smile!
Hopefully someone got a photo of us all with him so i can at least have it as a keepsake!
BUT His performance was OUTSTANDING. He is so eclectic! Talented is an understatement! There were times where he was literally bursting out his chair. I wanted to take it away from him and say, GO FOR IT BOY!
The other guys were fantastic but Benedict’s character is…. an interesting one at that. Jimmy has some strange/warped views giving him the upperhand of ‘animation’ on stage but Benedict really out did himself and completely outshined the others, that’s not me being biased!
So pleased i finally got to see him and well you can imagine. PBS Jeans and suede shoes and his white tshirt….. DEAD CUMBERBUDDY.
I did NOT miss the scripted arm flexing and sex face, I RELISHED IN IT.
My favourite part was actually the way he gave up on his hair after Act 1. Plenty of swooping the Errant CurlS out the way until the beginging of Act 2 where he just let them be and THANK HEAVENS.
Ruffle/fringe hair was BEAUTIFUL.
I kinda hope someone sneakied a photo of it!
BUT alas, i have to rush out to my gig now but the pub has FREE WIFI. So if you want to ask me any more about it and any minor-Benedict-Details, ask me or Tweet me, @cumberbuddy and i’ll get back to you when im not setting up/playing!
Lovely to meet LublinToDublin and BakerStreetBabes also! And Rachel aka Aristophrenic (Proud owner of the Moustache brolly!) as always!
(Thank you to the guys that let me have their spare ROW E seat too! Much much appreciated!)
thanks for sharing
Here’s a closeup:
Sorry about the poor picture quality, but to be honest I was more interested in giving a standing ovation than taking a photo!
I was absolutely blown away by this production, and the performances of all the cast, but of course especially of Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s a tour de force, and when he’s performing you can’t look away. I’m so impressed at the calibre and commitment to this performance, given it was ‘only’ a staged reading. You could really tell not only how much talent he has, but how seriously he takes each role, and the amount of preparation put into it. Many times, he was practically off-book, and there were very, very few stumbles even when reading. He was funny, powerful, and charismatic, and even though his character said vile things, you empathized and wanted his happiness.
It was probably one of the best performances I’ve ever seen, anywhere (and since a lot of my friends are professionally involved in the theatre here [Young Vic, National…] I see a lot!)
Rebecca Hall was incredibly impressive as well. She was totally believable as Allison, and her transition from the beginning to the end of the play was fascinating. She conveyed great emotion in her performance as well, in a more understated way (not that BC was overblown; his performance was incredibly layered and variable. Pitch-perfect at every line).
All in all it was exhilarating!
Oh, and he looked really good (really tight jeans, dark, soft, longer curls - just as they should be, great skin, really fit…ahem…). So I was very happy with my view in the centre of the 5th row - sitting next to Cumberbuddy who took the seat from my friend who couldn’t make it :)
My friend and I skipped the post-show insanity and went to Starbucks next door, but just when we came back out, he did as well. It was a mob scene, but when we looked over he seemed to be pretty awesome about it, smiling and signing everything he could. We pretty much took one look at that though, and went the other directions!
I did snap one quick shot though:
And here’s the program. Good job, Amy Ball!
many thanks for reporting this, how lovely xx
So. I saw this on google and spit my water everywhere. No idea what the back story is…but I would love to be the recipient of that one-finger salute.
Did some tosser shout out something to him
You tell them!
So glad someone got a photo of this moment! :P It was brilliant - he randomly gestured to his friend in the background, then immediately assured all his fans it wasn’t directed at them, so cute
lol ome… his face and gesture…
FACT: all fandoms return to Benedict Cumberbatch.
Frankenstein (2011) - theater
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FINAL SCENE CREATUREBATCH *wail*
A riot of performance, staging, music and sound, Danny Boyle’s National Theatre production of Frankenstein deserves all the plaudits and awards it has received since its debut at The Olivier in London over a year ago. The play holds a special place in our hearts on a personal level. As well as a review, this article also contains an examination and comparison of the original stage performance and the NT Live encore recording of the play. Please note we’ll be talking some spoilers too.
well, i’ll read after watching BC as the creature next thursday.