I appreciate your email and thank you for sending us your feedback. I am the Head of Digital Media at the National Theatre and I produced the broadcast of Frankenstein, as with all of our National Theatre Live programme.
We have received a huge amount of interest in Frankenstein, not only since the original broadcasts but since our encore screenings started this summer. In response to popular demand, we sought the necessary rights from all the artists involved to be able to show the broadcasts again and are delighted we have been able to offer audiences further opportunities to see this production.
National Theatre Live is all about creating greater access to the productions on our stage. It is filmed with the specific intent of it being shown on cinema screens and although it doesn’t replace the theatrical experience, we have tried to emulate it as much as possible and believe the big screen, collective cinema experience comes as close as we can get to the original theatrical event.
National Theatre Live is made possible by the support of the artists involved and the National Theatre is keen to be able to preserve this goodwill so we can continue to make future productions available as part of National Theatre Live. We appreciate there is a huge amount of interest in making the broadcast available on DVD.
It is currently the wish of the creators and actors of Frankenstein that it not be released as a DVD. This is not in any way about money, but is purely about the quality of the experience and the desire that Frankenstein remain, to some extent, ephemeral – the nature of what theatre is by its very definition. It is something we will always evaluate, but if you are a fan of anyone involved in the creation of Frankenstein or the National Theatre, we would ask that you respect their wishes for this wonderful recording to be seen as it was intended. We hope people can understand and appreciate the reasoning behind this decision and we hope audiences will continue to support National Theatre Live.
Head of Digital Media
Producer, NT Live
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July 26 Edit: Hey everyone, I've loved reading everyone's opinions about this, but interestingly, my other post on this matter as garnered a different stance on NT's decisions regarding Frankenstein. Please go check it out!