DANNY Boyle will return to the theatre this year, directing the National Theatre’s new production of Frankenstein.

The classic gothic novel, written by Mary Shelley in 1818, has been adapted by Nicholas Dear.

The multi-Oscar winning director started his career in the theatre, directing productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court Theatre.

This will be the first time he has been at the helm of a stage production in more than 20 years.

The date when the production will run has as yet not been confirmed, other than as part of the Winter 2010 season.

Boyle broke into films in 1994 with his big screen debut, Shallow Grave.

He quickly followed it up with the critically-acclaimed film version of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, and his latest film Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars and seven BAFTAs.

His next film project will be the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, who hacked off his own arm with a penknife after he was trapped by a boulder.

Titled 127 Hours, the treatment for the film has been written by Boyle himself, and it is expected he will be reunited with Slumdog Millioniare scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy.