Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Frankenstein. It was last on stage 4–27 May 2016 as part of the Spring 2015/16 season.
Victor Frankenstein is sent away to university, away from his family and his closest friend Elizabeth. Just before he leaves, his mother dies in childbirth. Distraught, Victor throws himself into his studies, learning obsessively all that he can from his Professor. Fuelled by his experiments and in a desperate hope to find a way to bring his mother back, Victor works furiously, and eventually succeeds in giving life to non-living matter – but, horrified at what he has done, Victor abandons his Creation.
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The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has become known for ballets that marry highly expressive movement, sophisticated musical response and dark psychological depth – in such works for The Royal Ballet as Asphodel Meadows, Sweet Violets and The Age of Anxiety on the main stage and Hansel and Gretel in the Linbury Studio Theatre. Now he creates his first full-length work for the main stage with Frankenstein, a period adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale of morality and our craving for love, companionship and understanding.
For this new work Scarlett has assembled a number of regular collaborators. American composer Lowell Liebermann, whose First Piano Concerto provides the music for Scarlett’s Viscera, composes a new score. John Macfarlane (Asphodel Meadows, Sweet Violets, The Age of Anxiety) creates the designs, while David Finn provides lighting design.
News and features
25 October 2016
Watch the TV premiere of Liam Scarlett's first full-length ballet for The Royal Ballet.
20 May 2016
Designer John Macfarlane gives an up-close look at the ballet's sets which include a full-size anatomy theatre complete with gory prop cadaver.
19 May 2016
The former Royal Ballet Principal joins choreographer Liam Scarlett in rehearsal with Laura Morera.
18 May 2016
What did you think of the live relay of Liam Scarlett's Royal Ballet adaptation of Mary Shelley's iconic novel?
18 May 2016
The choreographer, Principal dancers and the composer Lowell Liebermann discuss their part in creating a new work.
Frankenstein to be relayed live to BP Big Screens in the UK and cinemas around the world on 18 May 201611 May 2016
Audiences around the world will have a chance to see The Royal Ballet's adaptation of Mary Shelley's iconic novel.