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BBC Three to air Frankenstein TV show live

Phoenix Dance Theatre with BBC North director Peter Salmon and Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council
Image caption The project is being backed by key organisations in Leeds, including the Phoenix Dance Theatre (pictured)

BBC Three is retell the classic story of Frankenstein in a live music and drama show, it has been announced.

Frankenstein's Wedding Live in Leeds will take place in March next year against the backdrop of Kirkstall Abbey in the city.

The corporation said the project would be a "bold and ambitious music and drama event".

It will feature light projections and audience participation. Casting has yet to be announced.

The event follows on from the previous live events Manchester Passion and Liverpool Nativity.

The BBC said it would "explore the iconic story through contemporary performance and cutting-edge musical content".

BBC North director Peter Salmon said: "Not only will the audience be able to get involved on the night itself, but in the weeks leading up to the event they will be encouraged to rediscover this classic novel."

Danny Cohen, the controller of BBC One and BBC Three, said it was "the kind of arts television for young viewers that only the BBC would provide".

The project is being supported by key organisations within the city, including Leeds City Council, Welcome to Yorkshire, Marketing Leeds and Phoenix Dance Theatre.

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