Composer: Lowell Liebermann
Choreographer: Liam Scarlett

Liam Scarlett, the youngest choreographer ever to have a full-length ballet commissioned by The Royal Ballet, helms this darkly beautiful and adult exploration of Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic. Lowell Liebermann, one of America’s most frequently recorded living composers, created the original score. Master designer John Macfarlane brings us sumptuous costumes that evoke the richness of early 18th-century Geneva, and a set that will astonish. More a love story than a monster story, Frankenstein is a meditation on what it means to be human. On its London debut in May 2016, the production was called “lavish” by The New York Times and “emotionally intense” by The Guardian (UK).

A co-production with The Royal Ballet.

Frankenstein deals with mature themes and subject matter. Not recommended for children under 12. ­

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes, including two 20-minute intermissions
Header Image: Vitor Luiz in Scarlett's Frankenstein // © Erik Tomasson

“[Frankenstein] offers luscious performances, relentless drama, and spectacular set design and lighting. Replete with delicious steampunk pyrotechnics, the design alone creates enough imaginative spectacle to become a leading character in its own right.”

The Mercury News
Preview of Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein

Get a glimpse of the North American premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein, the must-see work of the 2017 Season.



Go behind the scenes with Principal Dancer Vitor Luiz to learn more about how SF Ballet created the artwork for the 2017 Season.


Scenic Design

  • John Macfarlane

Costume Design

  • John Macfarlane

Lighting Design

  • David Finn

Projection Design

  • Finn Ross

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The 2017 North American premiere of Frankenstein by San Francisco Ballet is made possible by
Lead Sponsors
  • Bently Foundation
  • The Hellman Family
Costume Sponsor
  • E. L. Wiegand Foundation
  • Ms. Laura Clifford
  • Stephanie and James Marver
  • Anonymous
With Additional Support From
  • Elisabeth Pang Fullerton
  • Marie and Barry Lipman
  • Karl and Holly Peterson
2017 Media Sponsor
  • KQED