Ideal mate-date finder
Looking for a more exciting girlie get-together than a bottle of vino and a
DVD? No matter what she’s into, here’s how to plan the perfect meet-up.
Step away from the sofa
After the January slouch-fest, here are three fun things to get up, get out
and do this week…
1 Corrie! The Play
Five actors somehow cobble together (hahey!) 50 years of Corrie highlights in
one hilarious two-hour show. UK tour runs from February 10.
2 The Fighter (15)
OK, so a movie about boxing sounds like total boys’ fare. But Mark Wahlberg
and Christian Bale will blow you away with their Oirish accents. Out Friday.
From Crocs to stilettos, this new musical explores shoe-business. The Peacock
Theatre, London, February 8-27. Click here
to win a pair of tickets.
Instant expert: Frankenstein
Context: 18-year-old Mary Shelley anonymously wrote the gothic
masterpiece back in 1818 and it’s considered the first ever science-fiction
Rookie mistake: Victor Frankenstein is the name of the doctor who
creates the monster, not the name of the monster itself. Like, duh!
It’s the hot new play, with an even hotter cast, so here are the facts you
need to drop come opening night…
- Jonny Lee Miller (Sick Boy in Trainspotting) and Benedict Cumberbatch (who
plays the super-sleuth in BBC1’s Sherlock) are alternating the lead
roles of Frankenstein and the Creature. Guess neither of them wanted the
moaning, staggering short straw.
- Continuing the Trainspotting theme, Danny Boyle directs the play, and
Underworld is doing the music. The band had its big break in 1996 when
rave anthem Born Slippy was included in the film.
- Although Frankenstein’s monster conjures up images of a bright green
square-headed oaf with a bolt through his neck, in this version he just
wants to be loved. Altogether now: “Aww”.
- If you can’t make it to London’s National Theatre, the production will be
broadcast to cinemas across the UK (and the world!) on March 17. Go to
Nationaltheatre.org.uk for your nearest venue.
Frankenstein runs from February 5 to April 17 at the National Theatre,
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