Turner will be joined by Spotlight Prize winner Andrew Gower, star of ITV’s upcoming medical drama Monroe, as Victor Frankenstein and Robin Hood star David Harewood as the Creature.
Airing on Saturday 19th March, the project will explore Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece through live drama and contemporary music for one night only at Leeds’ Kirkstall Abbey.
9,000 free tickets will be made available to the public to come and watch the live event. Ticket application will open on Friday 18th February at bbc.co.uk/bbcthree. The live audience will be invited to attend the event in their best wedding outfits and play a real role as wedding guests, with a mass celebratory wedding dance live on the night.
David Harewood, who played Friar Tuck in the final series of Robin Hood, says: “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.”
Frankenstein’s Wedding… Live In Leeds folllows the success of BBC Three’s Manchester Passion (2006) and Liverpool Nativity (2008).
The event focuses on the lavish wedding of Victor Frankenstein and his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Lavenza (Lacey Turner). While Elizabeth fusses over seating plans and the wedding band tune up for the reception, Victor broods on a dark secret – the murderous monster he has created.
Harry Lansdown, Acting Controller, BBC Three, says: “The story of Frankenstein is as relevant today as it ever was. I’m delighted to be telling its story on BBC Three through this live drama, which has a great cast and fantastically ambitious audience participation at its very heart.”