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Frankenstein to be relayed live to BP Big Screens in the UK and cinemas around the world on 18 May 2016

Audiences around the world will have a chance to see The Royal Ballet's adaptation of Mary Shelley's iconic novel.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

11 May 2016 at 10.07am | 6 Comments

Choreographer Liam Scarlett’s new Royal Ballet production of Frankenstein will be broadcast live on BP Big Screens across the UK and in cinemas worldwide on 18 May 2016 at 7.15pm BST.

Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has created numerous works for the Company, but Frankenstein is his first full-length work for the Covent Garden main stage.

In his interpretation of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, the choreographer focuses on the tender love story between Victor and his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth as well as the emotions of Frankenstein's Creature. Of the ballet Scarlett says, ‘I think when the curtain goes down you’re not going to know who to feel more sorry for’.

Download the Frankenstein Digital Programme for free using the promo code FREEFRANK and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production.

The relay will be presented by former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell and BBC broadcaster Ore Oduba.

BP Big Screen audiences will see exclusive coverage from Trafalgar Square, presented by conductor and choral expert Dominic PeckhamFind your nearest free-to-attend BP Big Screen.

The Story

A story that needs minimal introduction, Frankenstein has fascinated the world ever since it was first published in 1818 and is one of the key texts of the Gothic genre. Mary Shelley's novel tells the story of Victor Frankenstein who succeeds in giving life to non-living matter. Horrified at what he has done, Victor abandons his Creation.

Read about the true stories behind Frankenstein 

The Production

Designer and artist John Macfarlane has set the novel back in the era of its publication and includes Gothic motifs such as a lavish manor house, a detailed re-creation of a 19th-century anatomy theatre and a magnificent display of electricity.

The Music

Frankenstein features an original score by Lowell Liebermann. Scarlett has used a number of the composer's works 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.’

Read Lowell Liebermann's insights into the process of creating a ballet score

The Cast

In the cinema/BP Big Screen relay, Federico Bonelli will dance the role of Victor Frankenstein with Laura Morera as his sweetheart, Elizabeth. The Creature will be danced by Steven McRae.

Review and win

Frankenstein opened on 4 May 2016. Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.

After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHfrankenstein.

BP Big Screen audiences will also have the opportunity to win a selection of Royal Ballet and Royal Opera DVDs by sharing their summer selfies from venues around the UK. Tweet or Instagram your pictures with the hashtag for the chance to win.

Frankenstein will be broadcast live to BP Big Screens in the UK and cinemas worldwide on 18 May 2016. Find your nearest BP Big Screen to watch for free or your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

The production is a co-production with San Francisco Ballet and is generously supported by the Monument TrustThe Taylor Family Foundation, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Simon and Virginia Robertson, Will and Beth Gardiner, Karl and Holly Peterson, The Shauna Gosling Trust, The Constance Travis Charitable Trust, The American Friends of Covent Garden, the Frankenstein Production Syndicate, Bently Foundation, The Hellman Family and E. L. Wiegand Foundation.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

11 May 2016 at 10.07am

This article has been categorised Ballet, Screening and tagged Big Screens, BP Big Screens, by Liam Scarlett, cinema, Cinema relay, Darcey Bussell, Dominic Peckham, Frankenstein!!, free, gothic, live, Mary Shelley, Ore Oduba, outdoor, Production, relay

This article has 6 comments

  1. Alice responded on 15 May 2016 at 8:58pm Reply

    I will be at Cascais Shopping cinema with my friends watching . It will be great ! As always .....see you!

  2. Jane Thorne responded on 18 May 2016 at 4:53am Reply

    I live in Austin, Texas, and your website says the. nearest cinema broadcast is in Monterrey, Mexico.

    I think you need to correct your methods of detdrmining geographical placements. I've been to previous ROH events in Austin which the website said were nonexistent.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 18 May 2016 at 9:22am

      Dear Jane,

      This information is correct as since this is a co-production with San Francisco Ballet, and there are some constraints in place because of that, we are not screening Frankenstein in the US this season.

      Kind regards,


  3. stanley Waterman responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:39pm Reply

    I saw the show at the Broadway cinema, Letchworth tonight (18/5). It was absolutely wonderful, every minute of it. I was shocked when I read some of the newspaper reviews, the one in the Telegraph being particularly inaccurate and silly- I don't think that reviewer could have seen the ballet! All congrats to Liam Scarlett and the cast.

  4. Lynne responded on 19 May 2016 at 5:21pm Reply

    Saw Frankenstein in Sheffield. LOVED IT!!!!

  5. Fernando Belloso responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:09pm Reply

    Rarelly I have been so deeply touched like I was last evening in the darkness of a Madrid movie rheater watching like in a trance this new ballet. I will never forget the name og this new prodigy choreographer, mr Sarlett and this perfect blending of music, dancing and sets. The scene where the Creature first experiences grace, joy and sympathy by dacing with the little blindfolded Frankestein boy,will haunt me forever...he only wanted love, elegantly subtly expressed!!

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