TANTALISING new details were announced today about a TV arts spectacular taking place in Leeds.
Plans for Frankenstein’s Wedding...Live In Leeds – a one-night only production in the historic surroundings of Kirkstall Abbey – were first unveiled late last year.
Described as a ‘re-imagining’ of horror classic Frankenstein, the show’s mix of dance, drama and music will be broadcast live on BBC Three on Saturday, March 19.
Now the Beeb has revealed that the role of Victor Frankenstein’s childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Lavenza will be filled by high-profile ex-EastEnders star Lacey Turner.
Victor is being played by hotly-tipped actor Andrew Gower while the part of the crazed scientist’s monster has gone to David Harewood (Doctor Who and Mrs Mandela).
Today’s announcement also confirms the huge scale of the production being put together by the BBC.
It hopes to draw a crowd of 12,000 to Kirkstall Abbey, with free tickets available from Friday via the www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree web page.
Audience members will be asked to wear posh suits and frocks and double as guests at Victor and Elizabeth’s big day.
Producers also want 2,000 of those coming along to attend advance workshops so they can learn a wedding dance routine to be performed on the night.
The workshops start on Friday and bookings can be made from noon today, when the www.phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk/frankenstein web page goes live.
BBC Three acting controller Harry Lansdown said: “The story of Frankenstein is as relevant today as it ever was.
“I’m delighted to be telling [it] through this live drama, which has a great cast and fantastically ambitious audience participation at its very heart.”
David Harewood, meanwhile, can’t wait to follow in the lumbering footsteps of previous Frankenstein’s monster actors like Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee.
He said: “As soon as I saw the idea on paper, I knew I wanted to do it. Combining so many different elements, live acting, dance, drama and of course the large audience at home and at the performance, was just too dazzling to turn down.”
The project is being backed by local organisations such as Leeds City Council, Welcome to Yorkshire and Marketing Leeds.