Slumdog director returns to theatre
After being "distracted by film-making" for 15 years, Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle is to return to the theatre to stage a new adaptation of Frankenstein.
Sir Nicholas Hytner, the newly knighted director of the National Theatre, revealed that Danny will make his debut at the venue directing Nick Dear's play, based on the novel by Mary Shelley.
Danny, who was the toast of the Oscars last year for his film Slumdog Millionaire, will direct the play later this year.
Sir Nicholas said: "Danny first talked about this eight years ago and it has taken him eight years. He said he was coming back to the theatre after being distracted by 15 years of film-making."
The adaptation of the celebrated gothic novel is "entirely new" and the Slumdog and Trainspotting director plans to make a "large-scale and theatrically and visually ambitious stage production".
The Slumdog Millionaire director began his career at London's Royal Court and at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Sir Nicholas said: "He (Danny) has a very particular take on the material by Shelley, but it will be exciting to see what has been altered by what he has discovered about himself through 15 years of film-making.
"He has been an acquaintance of mine since he started at the RSC and he wasn't a big-scale director 15 years ago."
Boyle's production of Frankenstein is to be part of the National Theatre's second season for 2010, beginning in the autumn, to coincide with the new season of NT Live which will be shown in cinemas throughout the country.