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Frankenstein at the Royal Opera House – 4th to 27th May 2016



The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett whose ballets often have a dark psychological depth turns his attention to one of the great Gothic stories, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This will be Scarlett’s first full-length work for the main stage and he is joined by regular collaborators. American composer Lowell Liebermann, whose First Piano Concerto provides the music for Scarlett’s Viscera, composes a new score. John Macfarlane (Asphodel Meadows, Sweet Violets, The Age of Anxiety) creates the designs, while David Finn provides lighting design. This production will be a period adaptation of Mary Shelley’s tale of morality and immortality, love and companionship .

The famous story centres around Victor Frankenstein who goes to university, away from his family and his closest friend Elizabeth. The death of his mother fuels his frantic experiments to giving life to non-living matter, but realising his great mistake he abandons his Creation.

Six years later, Victor returns home. The Creature lies in wait and on the day of Victor’s wedding to Elizabeth, panics and kills Elizabeth. In his grief, Victor takes his own life, leaving the Creature once again alone.

Running times

The performance lasts around 3 hours, including two intervals.


Frankenstein is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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