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Thousands danced at Frankenstein's Wedding

  • Date: 24 March 2011
  • Area: North

Thousands of people took part in Frankenstein's Wedding - a very special live televised event at Kirsktall Abbey in Leeds.

Frankenstein's Wedding...Live in Leeds on Saturday 19 March was an ambitious project that explored Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece through live drama and contemporary music, with spectacular light projections that highlighted the grandeur of Kirkstall Abbey.

The audience were the wedding guests and were encouraged to dress for the 'wedding' in silver, gold, black and white, to play the role of real wedding guests.

One of the guests was Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director at the Arts Council. He said: 'This was a fantastic experience for the thousands of people who joined in this live story of Frankenstein's wedding and the other thousands who were able to watch it live on BBC3. The spectacular event, which the Arts Council supported with Lottery funding, enabled many people in Leeds and anywhere in the country to experience the arts.'

The production was a collaboration between BBC Three, BBC North, and BBC Cymru Wales, with performances by regularly funded organisation Phoenix Dance Theatre, and was shown live on BBC Three. It was supported by the Arts Council through the National Lottery, Welcome to Yorkshire, Marketing Leeds and Leeds City Council.

In the weeks leading up to the event, BBC Learning and Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre ran workshops to teach 2,000 locals a special wedding dance routine, which the audience will perform live on the night. People could also learn the dance on the BBC 3 website.

The show featured Lacey Turner, Being Human and former EastEnders star, as Elizabeth, Spotlight Prize winner and star of ITV's Monroe, Andrew Gower, as Victor Frankenstein, and Mrs Mandela and Doctor Who star David Harewood as the Creature.

Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds is part of the BBC's Year of Books, a year-long celebration of literature that invites audiences to free their imagination through the exploration, enjoyment and discussion of books.