A first for me last week – a live broadcast of the National Theatre production of Frankenstein at the Pathe cinema in The Hague. I gave an introduction before the broadcast highlighting the innovative and dynamic nature of British culture – and linking it to our Olympics 2012 public diplomacy campaign “See Britain through my eyes”. It was particularly appropriate in the week which marked 500 days to go before the opening ceremony.
The experience of watching a live theatre show in a cinema was a little strange at first, but the fantastic production (directed by Danny Boyle, who is also one of the producers for the London 2012 opening ceremony) and stunning performances – particularly Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature – soon absorbed all my attention. Indeed the benefits of watching actors in close up, and a play seen from different angles, gave a new insight into the play. The audience was spellbound and applauded as enthusiastically as the live theatre audience at the end. All in all a great evening, and a fantastic way of showcasing the very best of British culture. I’m looking forward to the next one – The Cherry Orchard in June