Liam Scarlett’s latest full length work for the Royal Ballet is an adaption of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic story Frankenstein.
Opening at the Royal Opera House on the 4th May, the production will also be screened live live as a BP Big Screen event on Saturday 7 May and on Wednesday 18 May as part of the ROH Live Cinema programme.
The ballet will be led by Principal dancers Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein, Laura Morera as his love interest, Elizabeth and Steven McRae as the Creature.
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.
As well as Liam Scarlett, the story is brought back to life by a team of former collaborators. There is a new score written by American composer Lowell Liebermann with designs by John Macfarlane and with lighting by David Finn.
This new ballet will see Liam Scarlett return to the main themes of the original book but staying clear of the stereotypes that have come from the countless horror films that have been created over the years.
Frankenstein will appear at the Royal Opera House from the 4th to the 27th May. To buy tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.