News - Frankenstein


Liam Scarlett’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic novel Frankenstein returns to the Royal Opera House next month...

Created for The Royal Ballet in 2016, the ballet was Scarlett’s first full-length work for the Company. This revival features debuts by Alexander Campbell in the role of Victor Frankenstein, Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Elizabeth, the love interest and William Bracewell as the Creature.


For this adaptation Scarlett returns to the original tone of Shelley’s 1818 novel, steering away from the horror stereotypes associated with the book’s title in modern times and penetrating the heart of the story to present a tale that is ultimately about love. Fuelled by grief at the death of his mother, Victor Frankenstein does the impossible and brings life to non–living matter, setting in motion a chain of events with disastrous consequences for him and his family.


Frankenstein is set to a score is by American composer Lowell Liebermann, and designs are by John Macfarlane with lighting by David Finn.

Liam Scarlett is Artist in Residence of The Royal Ballet and is renowned for works that marry highly expressive movement and musicality with dark psychological drama. His previous works for the Company include Swan Lake which premiered in 2018, Symphonic Dances (2017), The Age of Anxiety (2014). Hansel and Gretel (2013), Sweet Violets (2012), Viscera (2012) and Asphodel Meadows (2010).



Running from Tuesday 5th – Saturday 23th March 2019, find out more and book tickets here.

Images - ROH, photos by Bill Cooper