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Your Reaction: Frankenstein live in cinemas and on BP Big Screens

What did you think of the live relay of Liam Scarlett's Royal Ballet adaptation of Mary Shelley's iconic novel?

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

18 May 2016 at 10.47pm | 102 Comments

What did you think of Frankenstein live in cinemas and on BP Big Screens?
Add your thoughts via the comments below

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By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

18 May 2016 at 10.47pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged BP Big Screens, by Liam Scarlett, cinema, Frankenstein!!, live, Production, review, Social Media

This article has 102 comments

  1. Jo Clarkson responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:03pm Reply

    Brilliant Ballet . Sadly missed the end as the feed was lost at Southend odeon in the last 5 mins. We are devastated.

  2. Leanne Jenkins responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:03pm Reply

    So amazing Holly (MA Birmingham) Elliot( MA London) They were only going to watch the 1st half as they are both 13 !! It was so good they couldn't leave !! Loved evetything xxx

  3. Sally Dyer responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:06pm Reply

    Fantastic last scene-so terrifying! Stephen Macrae was incredible!

  4. Stephen A Hutchings responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:12pm Reply

    Wow there are not enough superlatives to describe how brilliant Frankenstein was. Wonderful dynamic music, heartbreakingly dramatic story, brilliant choreography and the best dancing I have seen by the whole company. They all put their heart and soul into it. Much love to all concerned xxxxStephen

  5. Janis Cuckow responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:13pm Reply

    Just in & I think it's taken me the journey home to stop crying. What a powerful ending. That final pas de deux was amazing. I think for a brilliant climax that was up there with any opera & ballet I've seen. Loved it from start to finish. Don't like to single out one performer from such an accomplished cast but Steven McRae's performance was superb & his acting was out of this world. Choreography, music, dancers, costumes, scenery...I can't fault it. Well done Kevin O'Hare & The ROH. Thank you for a wonderful evening. Can't wait for next season. Xx

  6. Lucy Tapley responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:18pm Reply

    I loved this ballet, beautiful dancing with some wonderful steps. Stunning scenery and powerful music all making for a magnificent and atmospheric ballet I can't wait to see again. Having just seen this streamed at my local cinema my only negative comment is all the close ups during the ballet so you miss some of the dancers and the whole effect of the stage sets and wider stage impact - ballet is not about close ups.
    Thanks for a beautiful new ballet.

  7. Helen Barnes responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:23pm Reply

    Spellbinding, sublime, mesmerising work. Bravo ✨

  8. Valerie Knight responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:24pm Reply

    Just back home from cinema in Dorchester. Ballet very impressive especially final pas de deux with Bonelli and Macrae. Very moving final scene. Great performances from everyone.
    Typical Opera and Ballet ending - everybody dies!

  9. Noelle kelly responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:28pm Reply

    Absolutely stunning performance ,Wonderful to see the facial expressions and the great acting.I love to go to the ROH ( I am a friend) but I also enjoy the cinema link. Liam Scarlet is a genius.Well done.

  10. Jane scott responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:29pm Reply

    Moving, enthralling, glorious dancing,sympathetic score, some wonderful choreography. I loved it. I can only assume the Telegraph critic saw a different ballet.

  11. Jane E responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:42pm Reply

    Frankenstein Ballet at the Cinema. Only one word to describe, Dancers, music and choreography .....Spectacular. Thank you to all involved.

  12. David Knipe responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:42pm Reply

    Stunning! A superb performance, brooding menace throughout and great choreography.

  13. Delia responded on 18 May 2016 at 11:55pm Reply

    Absolutely superb can't remember loving a new ballet so much, music was great, very atmospheric, choreography was wonderful, such a talented young choreographer and the dancing superb, every performer was magnificent. Want to see it again.

  14. Lea Davenport responded on 19 May 2016 at 12:05am Reply

    I was intrigued by the prospect of a highly respected and prestigious company tackling a gothic horror classic of literature. Could the neo science of the pre enlightenment period be incorporated into a ballet? Would the see saw of emotions seen throughout between Victor and Elizabeth and the Creature come across? In short,Liam Scarlett has triumphed over these obstacles and produced a classic. Ms Morera so fluid and graceful,what chemistry with her male counterpart! Mr McCrae,you are awesome!

  15. Angela Kennedy responded on 19 May 2016 at 12:05am Reply

    Mesmerising performance by Steven McRae who WAS the creature ! Liam Scarlett is a creative genius , choreography , costumes , music , drama - say no more . It will go down in history as epic !

  16. Tracey Meakin responded on 19 May 2016 at 12:07am Reply

    Fantastic, new to watching balled but the dancing , music, costumes, the whole experience, what an honour to be able to watch this 'live' through cinema screening, must get the word out there, only about 30 people in the cinema!

  17. Liz Adigun responded on 19 May 2016 at 12:09am Reply

    Watched Frankenstein at the cinema - phenomenal performance from Steven McRae, Frederico Bonelli and Alexander Campbell. What a team! Had me in tears by the end. Thank you so much for a truly wonderful evening

  18. I was on 'The House' - don't really like ballet on big or small screen - I ran the whole gambit of emotions, I loved it, too long, visually stunning, some of the music 'too nice', McRae brilliant, but Bonelli the real star, & Morera lovely. I loved it and can't wait to see it again - in 'The House'!

  19. Anne-Marie responded on 19 May 2016 at 6:46am Reply

    If you didn't see it you missed a grotesquely, gothic & golden opportunity. Sublime pas de deux, acting worth an Olivier

  20. Nicola Dalton responded on 19 May 2016 at 7:02am Reply

    Out of breath! Amazing, well done to all the cast. Watched it with my friends from my adult ballet class, we were stunned! Loving the live showing from our cinema in Herne Bay. Bring on some more Mr Liam Scarlett. X

  21. Julie Bull responded on 19 May 2016 at 7:41am Reply

    An absolutely thrilling new ballet! Ensemble perfection in collaboration of sheer brilliance. Mary Shelley would have been completely amazed.

  22. Nicola responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:06am Reply

    We saw it at Birminghams Mac and thought it was just superb. We were spellbound all the way through. I was on the verge of tears several times. Stunning, delightful, dark and scary. All that this tale should be. I truly hope you get a longer run or get to tour, I would love to see it actually on stage and bring along some more friends.

  23. Peter Biddulph responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:11am Reply

    This was simply the best .

  24. Carol Morris responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:21am Reply

    I was blown away by 'Frankenstein' last night. Beautiful, fluid performances from Frederico Bonelli and Laura Morera. Stephen McRea's creature was an emotional triumph. The final, heartbreaking pas de deux had me on the edge of my seat and I was completely absorbed. Congratulations to everyone involved in this wonderful evening - the Royal Ballet at its best.

  25. Rita Medrano responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:24am Reply


    My comment is to praise and congratulate the ROH and all the actors for the fantastic performance yesterday on cinemas .
    We were really on awe. May English has not enough adjetives to express how much we enjoyed the show.
    Really poignant and compelling
    We do not miss any of your releases

  26. Derek woods responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:28am Reply

    Wow! A fantastic evening. Superb dancing. The drama of opera has now been matched in the world of ballet.

  27. jacqui wheeler responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:31am Reply

    Was devastated last night when the live feed went down just as the climax approached. The creature had just killed Elizabeth when the screen went blank and did not return until Liam Scarlet took his bows. So disappointed as what I had seen was superb.Not sure whether this just affected Southend on Sea or if it was more widespread.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 19 May 2016 at 9:36am

      Dear Jacqui,

      We've received a few similar comments regarding Southend on Sea, unfortunately, and have contacted Odeon to find out what happened. This is currently the only cinema I'm aware of who had this problem and I'm sorry that you missed the ending.

      Kind regards,


    • Zlata responded on 19 May 2016 at 9:45am

      Well, it seems to be more widespread. :(

  28. Christine Waters responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:39am Reply

    I saw the cinema relay last night - it was simply STUNNING - the choreography was beautiful, and the ballet, the music and the story simply melted into one incredible and exceptionally memorable whole - I would so gladly see it all over again, and I will remember it for many years to come ... Thank you all so very, VERY much -

  29. Sue Ashton responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:42am Reply

    I was really enjoying it until 10 minutes before the end our cinema lost live transmission. Very disappointing.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 19 May 2016 at 9:31am

      Dear Sue,

      I'm sorry to hear that. Please can you let me know which cinema you were at and I'll find out what went wrong.

      Best wishes,


  30. Dede responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:48am Reply

    It was my first time watching a ballet at the cinema and I don't think I will repeat it.I found the continuous change of point of view of the camera very disturbing, many times I couldn't enjoy the choreography because the camera would film only part of the scene or anly the faces. I think it would have been better to show the all stage all the time because it is a ballet and it has been design to be see as a whole not in it and pieces.

    • Angela Porteous responded on 19 May 2016 at 11:39am

      Would totally agree with you about the camera action and not seeing the whole stage.

  31. Dede responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:49am Reply

    Oh sorry for the mistakes I can't type very well with my phone

  32. Liz Fawcett responded on 19 May 2016 at 9:15am Reply

    Loved it! Beautiful dancing, wonderful music, fantastic sets and costumes. Stephen McCrae terrifying as The Creature! Congratulations to everyone involved. The live cinema screenings are magical.

  33. Zlata responded on 19 May 2016 at 9:41am Reply

    Dear Sue and Sarah,

    I regret to say that the same thing happened with us. We were watching it in Cinestar Pancevo, Serbia, and could not see the entire third act. Very disappointing, especially since we were so thrilled by the performance until that point.
    Do you think we could get to see the third act somewhere on the Internet perhaps? Thank you.

    Best regards,

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 19 May 2016 at 10:16am

      Dear Zlata,

      Thank you very much for getting in touch and I'm sorry to hear of the problems you encountered. I will look into this with Cinestar today and find out what happened. If you have any further details on what occurred please do let me know at

      Unfortunately we are not currently able to stream this production online due to rights constraints.

      Kind regards,


    • Zlata responded on 19 May 2016 at 10:33am

      Dear Sarah,

      Thank you for your response. Of course, it's quite understandable, I just thought I might ask, because I want to see the ending so badly. :)
      Congrats on the performance anyway, the first two acts were just as amazing! So intense and powerful! An overwhelming experience. Thank you.
      Best regards,

    • Svjetlana Hribar responded on 19 May 2016 at 5:06pm

      Prava šteta što niste vidjeli treći čin, jer on je iznimno uzbudljiv, a koreografija je u nekim segmentima - ne viđena do sada! Svi su plesači dali svoj maksimum, a mi u publici na kraju smo - ostali sjediti u suzama. Vjerujem da će za nekoliko tjedana biti moguće kupiti DVD s ovim baletom u internet shopu ROH-a - ja sam tako kupila mnoge predstave koje su me oduševile - a za ovu nećete požaliti novac! Naravno da je bolje u kinu, veliki je ekran, ali ovi su baleti tako snažni da vas se duboko dojme i na TV ekranu. Pozdrav!

  34. John Parks responded on 19 May 2016 at 9:44am Reply

    What a wonderful performance by all , but chiefly the 3 central characters. It was spell binding, and the music was so haunting. I have never seen ballet so intense as that. Well worth going to see,. I would see it again.
    It was as though you were there with them. Well done

  35. Gillian Smith responded on 19 May 2016 at 9:59am Reply

    Last night’s wonderful cinema presentation of Frankenstein felt mugged by the Blue Peter team. Please don’t diminish the world class work of the Opera House’s performers and creators with dated and minor presentation like this.

    We know the broadcast is coming live from the Royal Opera House - and that it was still doing so in Act 2 & Act 3.

    We know the creature in Frankenstein is scary.

    Cinema is not Telly - we’re not going to switch over to ITV - please give us some head space.

  36. Fiz responded on 19 May 2016 at 10:09am Reply

    I was blown away by this and didn't sleep last night nor can I get it out of my head. The whole cast was breathtakingly brilliant and we both thought the whole thing was a tour de force. Many congratulations to the whole company.

  37. Stevie responded on 19 May 2016 at 10:12am Reply

    I know how brilliant this was/is, but for one who must have his regular fix of 'Lilac Fairy', you will understand my own difficulty with creature comforts.

  38. Linda stobbs responded on 19 May 2016 at 10:39am Reply

    We also sat through nearly the whole performance, which was superb, only to miss the big ending at Southend.
    The Manager's (?) comment that it was nearly the end anyway was hardly helpful.

  39. Angela Porteous responded on 19 May 2016 at 11:33am Reply

    This ballet was fantastic all round, but disappointed that the screen would blank us out at scene changes. Why don't we get to see what the live audience see?

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 19 May 2016 at 11:55am

      Dear Angela,

      The stage was dark at the time of the scene changes so maybe that's why it felt like you were being blanked out. I can assure you though that the audience members in the ROH were seeing the exact same thing as you were.

      Best wishes,


  40. Lesley Main responded on 19 May 2016 at 11:45am Reply

    Steven McRae has triumphed again as the outstanding performer that he is in this role. It is a pity that the emotional development of the Creature was not explored in greater depth in the production - not enough of this sad and scary character, the real star of the show.

  41. Felicity responded on 19 May 2016 at 12:20pm Reply

    Could you let us have the name of the wonderful young dancer in the part of Victor's little brother in Act II? The other children are named in the cast list but not him. I'm surprised nobody has, so far, mentioned his beautiful dancing and acting. Here is surely a future member of the company ..... Principals apart, I was also very impressed by Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Justine. I watched the cinema relay last night in Southern Spain.

    • Rachel Beaumont (Product Manager) responded on 19 May 2016 at 12:46pm

      Hi Felicity,

      Thanks for your comment and for pointing out that omission, which has now been corrected. The young dancer who played William Frankenstein in the cinema broadcast is Guillem Cabrera Espinach.

      All best,

  42. Fiona Reed responded on 19 May 2016 at 12:23pm Reply

    Watched this fantastic production of Frankenstein in Berwick upon Tweed. it was magnificent! Scenery, costumes, make up (especially " the Creature") all terrific. The choreography was exciting, Liam Scarlett must be one of the most talented and original young choreographers in the world. The music score just complimented it brilliantly. Now to the dancers. The whole cast were terrific. Alexander Campbell and Meghan Grace Hinkis so talented and the young man who played William must have a great future ahead of him. Frederico Bonelli and Laura Morera were wonderful so lyrical and a marvellous partnership. What to say about Steven McCrae except he managed to portray the full range of emotions from pain to love, grief to fear, rage to sorrow and everything in between as well as dancing superbly as usual. He really did make you feel emotionally involved with this poor tragic creature. Another triumph for the Royal Ballet. Can't wait until the 2016/17 live screenings. The inevitable question - DVD? Please!

  43. Thank you for this production!! I was completely gripped from the beginning, just amazing! Everything about it was genius. Liam should change his surname to Starlett. Contratulations Royal Ballet! xXxXx

  44. MARK ROCHESTER responded on 19 May 2016 at 12:53pm Reply

    Very enjoyable evening proving that the critics aren't always right ( and some are very wrong ;Telegraph )
    Having sat through a very dreary Tannhauser last week it was great to have something ravishing to look at.
    My only gripe would be that Darcy should have done the presentation on her own, she is more than qualified.

  45. Martin responded on 19 May 2016 at 1:29pm Reply

    What a ballet! This is a modern classic. 3 acts full of tension and deep emotions. Dancing, choregraphy, music, stage setting ... everything worked so well together.
    I watched it from Germany, it was my third ballet in cinema. It's fantastic to have this option.

  46. Sally-Anne Barrett responded on 19 May 2016 at 1:39pm Reply

    Absolutely brilliant , dancers,set,music, etc. What a triumph.

  47. Marie Wilson responded on 19 May 2016 at 2:06pm Reply

    Absolutely gripping, powerful show, congratulations to everyone. The choreography and music score were perfect and took us through such an emotional rollercoaster, it really was edge of your seat stuff. I am so glad I had the chance to see it. Thank you.

  48. Barrie Thompson responded on 19 May 2016 at 3:21pm Reply

    An incredible piece of work truly enacted by a wonderful cast of dancers. Deeply emotional and dramatic.

  49. Sue Holland responded on 19 May 2016 at 3:27pm Reply

    My daughter & I watched Frankenstein in Market Drayton, Shropshire - absolutely amazing! Everything came together to produce a totally engrossing experience. I keep reliving the final pas de deux in my mind - fantastic! Huge congratulations to everyone involved.

  50. Sandie Lush responded on 19 May 2016 at 4:16pm Reply

    The cinema viewing was our third Frankenstein and it gets better every time we see it. Absolutely wonderful!
    When you get a total stranger telling you its the best thing they have ever seen, you know you have a winner.
    Many congratulations to all concerned. Listen to the audience reaction not the critics; this is a triumph!

  51. Steph responded on 19 May 2016 at 4:35pm Reply

    Breathtaking performance, extraordinary artists! So much passion and energy. Loved every minute of it. Simply wow.

  52. Coppelia responded on 19 May 2016 at 4:47pm Reply

    Anyone who says this ballet is an expensive failure is frankly DEAD inside. A fabulous unforgettable ballet in the cinema experience. If you haven't seen it, do not miss the Encore screening!

    • MARK ROCHESTER responded on 20 May 2016 at 9:26am

      My thoughts entirely, and totally unsympathetic to all the creative energy put in . Whereas a waspish negative review must take minutes.

  53. Helen Turner responded on 19 May 2016 at 5:16pm Reply

    I thought it was absolutely stunning. The feeling of foreboding in Act 3 was almost too much to bear. I thought I was going to have a heart attack ! The music, dancers, & choreography were magnificent. How could the Telegraph have reviewed it badly. More fool them. Well done !

  54. Amy responded on 19 May 2016 at 5:29pm Reply

    After having read a few very critical critiques, I was slightly apprehensive to go and see this production. I am so, *so* glad I decided to form my own opinion as I absolutely loved it. Although I can see why some people may point out that it could be turned into a two-acter story wise, I wouldn't want it to be any less than three. Who would want to miss out on an entire act of this wonderful dancing, brilliant acting and fabulous costumes and designs? Act three in particular blew me away. I loved how, in the wedding dance, the creature kept appearing when you least expected it and in the last bit it really made me jump. Stellar performances from all dancers, special mentions must go out to Steven McRae though - so so good! Thanks for this wonderful, exciting, interesting new masterpiece, Liam Scarlett and the ROH!
    PS: still waiting for a Nunez/Muntagirov Giselle DVD - any news? :)

  55. Teresa Wilson responded on 19 May 2016 at 5:51pm Reply

    Simply wonderful. I was engaged from the start. Went home with tears I my eyes. Great to see the emotions up close as when I go to the ROH I geberally sit up in the chwap swats / Amphitheatre. Such a shame there were only a dozen viewers in my cinema. We usually get more for plays. Personally, I will remember it for a long time to come. Look forward to Liam Scarlett's next production and Anastasia later in the year.

  56. Deepak responded on 19 May 2016 at 6:28pm Reply

    It's culmination of a great deal of hard work from all of those involved and well done to everyone. I am a bit of McCrae fan and I was thoroughly delighted with his performance as the Creature. Some emotionally powerful moments esp. the scene with Creature and the young William Frankenstein. I hope the show gets to carry on further and grow. I trust that the creative team, and the choreographer will be able to work on some of those elements that many new works need addressing. In my humble view some of the Mime style performances can be done without (or checked) and there is a definite potential to enhance the impact of ballet, especially in Act I. The storyline is so brilliant and, without taking anything away from the execution by the team, it has a lot to do with the appeal of this work and it will hopefully make it a lasting one. All the very best for more successful runs.

  57. Jen responded on 19 May 2016 at 7:17pm Reply

    I think I say this every time but please please please can we have a dvd? I might be forced to break in and steal the footage otherwise...I desperately want to see this again

  58. val leek responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:01pm Reply

    Watched this ballet in Boldon North East England. It has stayed with me all day. Beautiful tender dancing, wonderful story telling by the dancers and the music. The strength of Steven Mc Raes performance was mind blowing- the final pas de deaux was unbelievable. A wrestle /a fight to the death /a desperate heart rending struggle..... Of course I'd love to see it at Covent Garden but if I couldn't see it at all??? Thank you Thank you Thank you

  59. Sylvia williams responded on 19 May 2016 at 8:50pm Reply

    A wonderful interpretation with a super cast, music, design and choriography. Remarkable. Thanks you to all involved.

  60. Jae responded on 19 May 2016 at 9:24pm Reply

    We saw the first night performance and were dismayed by the reviews the next day as most people near us in Stalls Circle seemed very engrossed and enthusiastic.,so thought we would see this wonderful production again at the cinema relay.
    We were not disappointed for we enjoyed it even more.
    Congratulations to the entire creative team for the look and sound of the ballet and to the dancers, especially Federico Bonelli, who was the link throughout the story and who shook off all the Prince's,Duke's , Count's and amiable young guy's to deliver a truly mesmerising performance so light and then suddenly so dark. Excellent.

    • Peter Vintner responded on 21 May 2016 at 12:33am

      Same for us in Treviso, Italy. Most of the UK media reviews (and the NYT review in the US) were so at odds with the ballet I and my companions watched on Wednesday evening. We were totally enthralled by it all - the staging, narrative story telling, costumes, choreography, dancing, everything.
      I don't remember being so moved or absorbed by any ballet performance ever before - and I've watched very many, though still not as many as I would have liked.

      I get the impression often that ballet critics write for themselves and their egos. With very few exceptions the audience reaction to Frankenstein has been completely contrary to the spite dished out by media critics. The same thing happened with Carlos Acosta's Carmen, which may suggest that some critics are way out of touch with what the paying audiences want and expect from a ballet, while the RB may be more in tune with their audiences (and vice versa).

  61. Gillian Thomas responded on 19 May 2016 at 9:32pm Reply

    Wonderful dancing by all the company. However, I felt that the ballet needed some serious editing. It was too long and the narrative sagged. Tightened up, some of the really great moments (the final pas de deux between the Creature and Frankenstein) would have had much more impact. I felt that too much of what was not relevant was included and some of the deep psychological meaning of the story was omitted. Liam Scarlett is a talented choreographer but not yet a great story teller.

    • AWP responded on 20 May 2016 at 5:34pm

      I quite agree with you, Gillian. I'm hoping Scarlett will get time to edit it before it's re-shown: all it needs is cutting down a bit and refocussing, I think. But I bet it looked great in HD in the cinema!

  62. Valerie Knight responded on 19 May 2016 at 9:43pm Reply

    Didn't like to carp last night after the emotional last scene. I do agree with the comments about close ups expressed by Lucy Tapley and Dede above. When Frankenstein was lying supposedly dead we had a close up of his heaving chest. Close ups spoil the illusion dancers have worked so hard to create. The choreography I saw was excellent but there was a lot missed. And why did the cameraman decide to close in on the rising electrical contraption when I had the feeling Federico Bonelli was performing a solo at the front of the stage? Facial expressions are all very well but RB is expert at dramatic dancing - this is after all a ballet not a TV play. Apart from these irritations, the ballet was thrilling and a great deal better than expected after reading press reviews.

  63. Joan Hopton responded on 20 May 2016 at 12:42am Reply

    Really enjoyed the ballet from the Preston Odeon and all the performers, especially the 3 stars but also Megan Grace Hinkis, Alexander Campbell and Guillem Cabrera Espinach as William. Any plans for a dvd or possible tv showing following on from the Christmas broadcasts of Don Quixote and Winter's tale?

  64. H D responded on 20 May 2016 at 8:45am Reply

    Amazing!Though a tad too long(2nd act in particular.)Too many close-ups and not enough of the whole stage.
    3rd act incredible .Loved the corps de ballet scenes when they danced in sync:the servants in act one and their dance in those gorgeous reds and purples at the start of scene 3.
    The principals were sheer poetry in motion.Gorgeous!

  65. SY responded on 20 May 2016 at 6:13pm Reply

    Saw this at the Odeon Uxbridge. It was an amazing ballet, a little to long perhaps, but nevertheless riveting and compelling and superbly performed by every dancer involved. Congratulations to Liam Scarlett for this wonderful ballet and to Lowell Liebermann for the beautiful music. They should take no notice of the critics who gave 1/2*. From the reaction of those who have seen it, it is clear that the critics have got it wrong. Would like to add that the screen in the cinema was very dark, so dark that in the beginning of Act2, we could hardly see what was going on. Most of the costumes were rather dull in colour, in shades of grey or brown. At curtain call it was certain that the lighting was not right because as a regular visitor to the House, I know the colour of the curtain is much more vibrant than the dull brownish red. Please do something about this. It has been a problem for some time.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 22 May 2016 at 12:25pm

      Thank you for getting in touch. I'll pass on your comments to the cinema team.

      All best,


  66. Sorry, I wasn't beware the flashing light. Strong flash. I have epilepsy and I could past out because the flash. I'm due return to Royal Opera House for The Winter's Tale.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 23 May 2016 at 10:41am

      Hi Joseph,

      Thank you for your comment. We have guidance on the production page for Frankenstein advising that the performance uses strobe lighting, pyrotechnics, and a shotgun. There are no strobe light effects for The Winter's Tale, however. If you are concerned about this issue in future, it's worth checking the production pages on the website, or you can always call the Box Office before attending any performance. They will be happy to clarify.

      I hope that helps.


  67. David responded on 21 May 2016 at 3:35pm Reply

    This was the best ballet I have ever had the pleasure to watch, The compelling story, sets, acting and the magnificent dancing combined to provide thought-provoking and entertaining theatre. The dancers, musicians and the composer are to be congratulated on a superb masterpiece.

  68. Mary Bessenich responded on 21 May 2016 at 3:54pm Reply

    Liam Scarlett's ballet production of Frankenstein was breathtakingly beautiful. My friend and I couldn't speak after it had finished: we were emotionally rinsed! I fail to understand why some of the tabloid newspapers have been so harsh in their reviews of this spectacular ballet performance. Liam Scarlett is such an extraordinarily gifted man who has such an enviable future ahead of him. It was lovely to read that Steven McRae became very emotionally connected to his role as the "creature" following the birth of his beautiful baby daughter. Well done everyone - you're like diamonds in the sky!

  69. Joan Hopton responded on 22 May 2016 at 3:54pm Reply

    Hi Sarah Walsh
    Just got back from Southport Vue cinema where the encore viewing had to be cancelled because of satellite or other technical problems. I live in Preston and did the half hour drive to Southport because I enjoyed the ballet so much on Wednesday and it was the nearest encore screening available. The staff couldn't have been more apologetic and helpful; giving all of us not only a full refund but a free ticket to another screening of our choice. However, this is not the point. it wasn't a live screening so surely encore cinemas could have had a dvd or some form of hard copy rather than relying on satellite? Indeed, the technician said this is what often happens but for some reason not for Frankenstein. he said it took him ages to get through to the help phone line and when he did it seemed to be one person trying to answer a whole bank of phones many of which were ringing, and that Southport wasn't the only cinema with this problem. Would it be possible to ensure that in future, encore cinemas are provided with a back-up copy to prevent this happening again? Problems with live transmissions cannot be avoided but surely this sort of problem with a recording is unnecessary. At least one other couple had driven there from Lancaster because they too had enjoyed Wednesdays performance so much.
    Also, if this did happen at quite a few cinemas would it be possible to do another encore performance?
    Finally, please could I have some feedback about my previous enquiry about future dvd availability and/or tv screening.
    Many thanks.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 23 May 2016 at 11:23am

      Dear Joan,

      I'm very sorry for your disappointment yesterday. For all our encore screenings our satellite providers re-transmit the live cinema relay footage so it's exactly the same as the live screening. Some cinemas have the ability to record the live relay on to their system for later broadcast, but not all have this ability, so we have to re-transmit in this way. What happened yesterday was an unprecedented equipment failure with one of our satellite transmission companies and we're still trying to get to the bottom of why it happened.

      Due to rights restrictions we're unable to do additional encore performances now, I'm afraid. But in good news our DVD team are currently in talks regarding a release on DVD and TV. If/when things get confirmed you will be able to find out more information through the ROH social media channels.

      Best wishes,


  70. Jane E responded on 22 May 2016 at 4:51pm Reply

    I so enjoyed the cinema screening of Frankenstein, that I booked to go to the Encore showing. Unfortunately we were told at Stroud cinema that there were technical difficulties and the screening couldn't take place at any cinema. Could you please let me know if this was correct, if so might the Encore screening be relayed on another date? I would love the chance to see the Ballet again and take my daughter, who couldn't make the live screening.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 22 May 2016 at 10:01pm

      Hi Jane,

      I'm very sorry to hear of the difficulties with the screening. As yet, I'm not aware of any plans to re-relay the screening, but will announce via this page if there are plans to screen on another date.



  71. Frances Ridley responded on 22 May 2016 at 5:15pm Reply

    Was unable to get tickets to see this on a recent visit to London, so went, instead to the Encore screening this afternoon. I was extremely disappointed when the screening did not go ahead due to a problem with the satellite link. Are there plans to show it at a later date?

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 23 May 2016 at 12:33pm

      Dear Frances,

      I'm very sorry for your disappointment during the Frankenstein Encore. Unfortunately, one of our satellite equipment partners suffered an unprecedented equipment glitch which meant that associated cinemas weren't able to screen yesterday. There are no concrete plans to screen Frankenstein again at a later date but my DVD colleagues are in talks regarding a potential release. There will be an announcement made here if/when that is confirmed.

      Best wishes,


  72. Kate E responded on 22 May 2016 at 10:01pm Reply

    I couldn't attend the live relay on 18th but was pleased to be able to book the Encore performance at the Vue cinema at the 02 centre in the Finchley Road, London today, 22nd. But disaster! Technical problems meant it couldn't be transmitted and we were told it was a UK wide problem at all cinemas. This being the case, are there any plans for a repeat Encore? Please?? So disappointed to miss it.

    • Bethan Williams (Cinema Account Administrator) responded on 23 May 2016 at 11:28am

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks for getting in touch and I’m sorry for your disappointment yesterday. One of our satellite equipment providers experienced an unforeseen technical issue which affected associated cinemas. Please be assured that we have taken this issue very seriously and are working with the equipment provider to investigate and ensure this doesn’t happen again.

      I’m afraid there are no plans for repeat Encore screenings however we are currently in talks regarding a DVD of the production so please do keep an eye on our social media channels for details.

      Best wishes,


  73. Peggy Hoar responded on 23 May 2016 at 1:37am Reply

    Wow! Moved by the cohesiveness of the production: music, sets, costumes, choreography and dancers. The creature's costume and the sinuousness of Steven McRae flesh moving under the lights was stunningly visceral. Not only did I hold my breath through most of act three but discovered I'd drawn my hands up to my face in fright; absolutely engaging!
    When the ballet was over not a single person moved or spoke in the theater; everyone just breathed in silence. Impactful!
    NewBrunswick, Canada.

  74. Sandie Lush responded on 23 May 2016 at 1:43pm Reply

    Yes please to a DVD!
    We have now seen this ballet four times; two performances at the opera house and both cinema screenings and it gets better with every viewing.
    Emotionally and visually stunning, it is truly a modern masterpiece

  75. Nicky Brittain responded on 26 May 2016 at 9:20am Reply

    I have seen Frankenstein twice and the second time was even more mesmerising. Ballet must move on and this incorporated so much, equal share for men and women dancers, exceptional staging, choreography and set. A spectacular ballet in every way

  76. Simon Smith responded on 6 June 2016 at 3:44pm Reply

    Many thanks to all at Royal Ballet for this gripping series of performances. We were fortunate enough to see a couple of performances at ROH as well as the general rehearsal and the live relay to our local cinema in Keswick and look forward very much to the DVD in due course. The Insight live stream provided an excellent introduction to Liam's approach to Frankenstein, as well as a fascinating insight into the creative choreographic process. The Insight focused very much on the three main characters so it was a bonus in the theatre to see how well Liam told the narrative in Act 1. I did wonder if some of the key elements were a bit rushed or rather confined to a note in the synopsis - the creature's planting of the necklace on Justine and Victor's guilt at his impotence both in terms of the creature and doing nothing to help Justine (lovely performances from all) when he knew she was innocent and that the creature had told him that he had killed William. For me this meant that I had very little sympathy for Victor in Act 3 and would have loved to see Victor expressing his absolute remorse in one of Liam's haunting solo dances. There were many highlights, particularly the creature's PD2 with William and the creature/Elizabeth and creature/Victor PD2s in Act 3. We look forward very much to an early revival at ROH in 2017/18?

  77. Julia Wood responded on 31 October 2016 at 9:14am Reply

    Appalling!! I go to the ballet to be entertained! I go to see the ballerinas dance.I do not go to see the ballerina flung from a height to the ground, assaulted and murdered, I do not go to have to watch a young girl being hanged! I do not expect to have to watch homo-eroticism. I want to leave feeling uplifted and happy with the experience, not anxious, upset and angry at the predictable misogynous excuse to treat the female half of the population like lesser beings! Only the male dancers had solo's, the ballerina was superfluous in this production, it was clearly all about the men! Males were welcomed into this area of dance with generosity by the females, and as is always the case, the tone was immediately lowered, and ballet has been getting more and more violent, and inappropriate in its content ever since. Apparently "moving on" is just an excuse to desensitize the general population into accepting sadistic violence aimed at women

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 31 October 2016 at 2:17pm

      Dear Julia,
      Thank you for your comment.
      We are sorry that you were offended by Frankenstein. The work is inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel, which explores dark themes and difficult relationships. Though the ballet contains many of the horror hallmarks of a Gothic novel, Scarlett wanted to present themes he found in Shelley’s story – such as the craving for love, companionship and understanding. We did foresee that some viewers might find a few scenes to be challenging, which is why we issued an age guidance for our audience.

      Best wishes,

  78. Judith Griffiths responded on 1 November 2016 at 12:13am Reply

    Thrilled to watch the BBC4 transmission of this superb ballet, of which I was previously unaware, although I know Shelley's novel well. I thought staging, music and choreography all utterly compelling. Superb dancing conveyed the narrative, emotions and themes exceptionally well. Congratulations to all involved and thanks to BBC for showing it. I'm very glad I didn't know there'd been negative responses from some critics until I read this stream. In my opinion these were completely undeserved.

  79. Susana Herrero responded on 24 August 2017 at 3:01am Reply

    Perfect in every sense. The choreography is simply marvelous and the dancers are awsome. There are no words to describe how much it touch our hearts.

  80. Kurt Efferøse responded on 26 March 2018 at 11:04am Reply

    A marvellous ballet and a masterpiece from Liam Scarlett. Intense working with love or rather without love, because the monster couldn’t get the love in his world. All dancers are so well dancing. Thank you Liam and dancers.

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