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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

Press Release

Mark Williams and Jemima Rooper join BBC Three's Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds

Fast Show and Harry Potter actor Mark Williams and Lost In Austen and Bouquet Of Barbed Wire actress Jemima Rooper have joined the cast of BBC Three's exciting live TV event Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds, it has been announced today.

Williams is to take up the role of Alphonse Frankenstein and Rooper will play the Maid of Honour, Justine Moritz.

It was confirmed last week that Lacey Turner (EastEnders and Being Human) will star as Elizabeth Lavenza, Spotlight Prize Winner Andrew Gower (Monroe) plays Victor Frankenstein and David Harewood (Mrs Mandela and Doctor Who) the Creature.

Mark Williams says: "I'm really excited about this project – Alphonse is a fantastic role."

Jemima Rooper says: "It's a very unusual and ambitious project – I've just finished a musical so I am really looking forward to being able to sing again."

Meredith Chambers, Executive Producer, says: "We've lined up an incredibly strong cast for the show and there's a feeling of great excitement for what will be a one-of-a-kind event. We can't wait."

For one night only, Leeds' Kirkstall Abbey plays host to a one-of-a-kind live TV event – the marriage of scientist Victor Frankenstein and his bride-to-be, Elizabeth Lavenza.

Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds is a bold and ambitious project which explores Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece through live drama and contemporary music.

Following on from the success of Manchester Passion (2006) and Liverpool Nativity (2008), which were both broadcast on BBC Three, Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds brings the passion, emotion and horror from the classic tale to a live audience of 12,000, in addition to the BBC Three viewers at home.

The project will see an original score, which will be a mixture of orchestral and electronic sounds, as well as arrangements of some contemporary and traditional music and songs.

As well as an orchestra and live wedding band, the St Peter's Singers, a Leeds-based choir, will also perform.

In a unique take on audience participation, the live audience is invited to attend the event in their best wedding outfits and play a real role as wedding guests.

Over the next few weeks, BBC Learning and Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre are helping people find their dancing feet through a series of workshops to teach 2,000 locals a special wedding dance routine. This will culminate in a mass celebratory wedding dance live on the night by an audience of 12,000.

For full dates and to book a workshop place, visit

A range of exclusive online content to support the live event can be found at, including specially created video diaries from the main characters, as well as information about the event's dress code and a behind-the-scenes film hosted by Creative Director Colin Teague.

The page also supports the dance workshops and features a video tutorial and a performance of the dance that the public need to learn for the event.

The live event features spectacular light projections highlighting the grandeur of Kirkstall Abbey in a way that it has never been seen before.

Audiences will be fully immersed in the emotion and horror of the classic tale, from witnessing the very moment Victor gives life to his creation in his laboratory and glimpses of Elizabeth planning her big day, to the Creature's harrowing and deteriorating journey as he seeks justice for his plight.

Frankenstein's Wedding... Live In Leeds is a collaboration between BBC Three, BBC North and BBC Cymru Wales.

The event is supported by Welcome to Yorkshire, Arts Council England through the National Lottery, Marketing Leeds and Leeds City Council with performances by Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Notes to Editors

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

The BBC is the biggest producer of book-related programming and throughout 2011 will highlight its continued commitment to literature and all quality arts programming. From regular literary stands to documentaries, series, dramas and readings, the year will offer a range of new and archive programmes.


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