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BBC Four to broadcast Frankenstein on 30 October 2016

Watch the TV premiere of Liam Scarlett's first full-length ballet for The Royal Ballet.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

25 October 2016 at 3.36pm | 6 Comments

BBC Four will broadcast Frankenstein, Liam Scarlett’s first full-length ballet for The Royal Ballet, on Sunday 30 October 2016 at 8pm GMT.

Frankenstein is a period adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic tale of morality and human beings' craving for love, companionship and understanding. In his ballet, Scarlett says he wanted to stay true to the author's original intentions:

‘I needed it to retain the beauty that Shelley retains on the page', says Scarlett of adapting the novel. 'This isn’t a horror story in the sense of a Hitchcock film. It’s an intimate journey for the audience.'

The English choreographer and Artist in Residence of The Royal Ballet assembled a number of regular collaborators for the work including American composer Lowell Liebermann. Scarlett has used Liebermann's music before to score previous works, but this is the composer's first commissioned score for Scarlett. ‘I wanted something hauntingly beautiful’ says the choreographer, ‘and I think he really has done that.’

Scarlett also enlisted designer and artist John Macfarlane, who staged the ballet in the era of the novel’s publication and includes Gothic motifs such as a lavish manor house and a detailed re-creation of a 19th-century anatomy theatre.

In the televised broadcast, Federico Bonelli will dance the role of Victor Frankenstein alongside Laura Morera as his sweetheart, Elizabeth. The Creature is danced by Steven McRae.

Frankenstein will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 27 January. It is now available to pre-order from the ROH Online Shop.

Frankenstein will be broadcast from 8pm GMT on 30 October on BBC Four. Please note that broadcast schedules are subject to change.

The Royal Opera House and the BBC are partners.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

25 October 2016 at 3.36pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, BBC, BBC Four, broadcast, broadcasts, Federico, Frankenstein!!, John MacFarlane, Laura Morera, Lowell Liebermann, Mary Shelley, Steven McRae, TV

This article has 6 comments

  1. Great news, I loved the broadcast earlier this year. I think you may have the time incorrect though as after checking the Radio Times website it appears to start at 8pm

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 26 October 2016 at 3:18pm

      Apologies for this. The previous time was based on older BBC scheduling information, which has now been amended. Enjoy the show!
      Best wishes,

  2. Jakegee responded on 28 October 2016 at 1:17pm Reply

    Could you please make a separate News announcement on this page that the DVD and BluRay of "Frankenstein" are now available to pre-order online from the ROH Shop. I have just discovered this, and also the DVD of 'Elizabeth' featuring Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in the Linbury Studio - Carlos's final performances at the ROH in January of this year. Both are 'must have' productions, and better bought from here than on Amazon!! Thank you!

  3. Tereza Shortall . responded on 30 October 2016 at 10:22pm Reply

    Just watched Frankenstein on BBC4 - what a triumph! Never imagined "Gotham horror" could be so beautiful and moving. As for the dancing - words are insufficient. Stunning!

    • Tereza Shortall . responded on 31 October 2016 at 2:44pm

      That should obviously have been "Gothic horror"! Autocorrect strikes again!

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