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Frankenstein (2016)

Recorded | Ballet

Running time: Around 2 hours 55 minutes, including two intervals

Frankenstein (2016)

The world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece.


The story

Victor Frankenstein is about to leave home for university, away from his family and Elizabeth, the woman he loves. Just before he departs, his mother dies in childbirth. Victor becomes obsessed with the idea of bringing his mother back to life, and his relentless studies eventually lead him to animate non-living matter. Repulsed by the Creature he has brought into the world, he flees.

Six years later, Victor returns to his family. The Creature follows and watches him with Elizabeth, longing to be accepted by them. Victor is haunted by visions of what he has done. On the day of his wedding to Elizabeth, the Creature appears, mesmerized by Elizabeth's beauty. Victor finds him and, in panic, the Creature kills Elizabeth. Distraught, Victor kills himself, leaving the Creature abandoned once more, cradling his creator.


Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein, his first full-length ballet for the Royal Opera House main stage, is an adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic Gothic novel. The score, composed for the ballet by Lowell Liebermann, sweeps the dramatic action towards its devastating end, while the detailed and chilling designs by John Macfarlane bring the Creature and the anatomy lab to terrifying life.

Scarlett's choreography is highly expressive and dramatic as it explores the grief and desperation felt by Victor and the Creature's childlike need for acceptance. The ballet's momentum is sustained by the whole Company, with fellow students pushing Victor further into isolation and obsession, couples swirling around the stage in a dark waltz at his wedding, and the inevitable, tragic end.



Liam Scarlett


Lowell Liebermann


John Macfarlane

Lighting Designer

David Finn

Projection designer

Finn Ross


Koen Kessels
Laura Morera
Federico Bonelli
The Creature
Steven McRae
Alphonse Frankenstein
Bennet Gartside
Caroline Beaufort
Christina Arestis
Madame Moritz
Elizabeth McGorian
Justine Moritz
Meaghan Grace Hinkis
Henry Clerval
Alexander Campbell
The Professor
Thomas Whitehead
William Frankenstein
Guillem Cabrera Espinach
Young Victor
Sacha Barber
Young Elizabeth
Skya Powney
Young Justine
Lauren Molyneux
Concert Master
Sergey Levitin
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

News and features

To find out more visit the Frankenstein (2016) production page.