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Frankenstein Blu-ray (The Royal Ballet)

Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein is the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new full-length ballet. A story of betrayal, curiosity, life, death and, above all, love, exploring the very depths of human nature.

Federico Bonelli dances the role of Victor Frankenstein, Laura Morera is his Elizabeth, Federico Bonelli is Victor, and Steven McRae is the creature. Koen Kessels conducts Lowell Liebermann’s newly commissioned score in this co-production between The Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

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Victor Frankenstein: Federico Bonelli
Elizabeth Lavenza: Laura Morera
The Creature: Steven McRae 
Henry Clerval: Alexander Campbell 
Madame Moritz: Elizabeth McGorian
Justine Moritz: Meaghan Grace Hinkis 
Victor’s father: Bennet Gartside 
Victor’s mother: Christina Arestis 
The Professor: Thomas Whitehead
William Frankenstein: Guillem Cabrera Espinach 
Young Victor: Sacha Barber 
Young Elizabeth: Skya Powney 
Young Justine: Lauren Molyneux
Artists of The Royal Ballet

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Koen Kessels
Choreography: Liam Scarlett
Music: Lowell Liebermann
Designer: John Macfarlane
Lighting designer: David Finn
Projection designer: Finn Ross

Plus: Introduction to Frankenstein; Casting the ballet; Lowell Liebermann and Liam Scarlett on the music; John Macfarlane on designing Frankenstein; Darcey Bussell in the studio with Liam Scarlett and Laura Morera

Picture: 16:9
Sound: PCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1 Surround
Format: Blu-ray
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Duration: 130+14 mins
Year: 2016


"And what dancers! Laura Morera played Elizabeth, the hero’s love interest, and I have never seen her dance better... Steven McRae as The Creature somehow got us on his side as soon as he was conjured up, naked and gruesomely slashed... But the star of the evening, giving flesh and blood reality to Scarlett’s superb dance making, was the man in the title role, Federico Bonelli."
 The Sunday Express

"McRae’s portrayal is brilliant; his dancing is eloquent in its anguish, and we sense every beat of his lonely, vengeful heart..." The Observer

"The production has a cinematographic quality — not only from the projections and painterly sets (the scene in the bar with the medical students and attendant prostitutes could have been taken directly from Hogarth), but the adept way in which this classic plot is spun onstage." The Londonist