The Joffrey Ballet Performs Liam Scarlett’s “Frankenstein”

The Joffrey Ballet opens its 68th season with the anticipated Chicago premiere of Liam Scarlett’s critically acclaimed interpretation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. A gothic masterpiece set in the dawn of modern science, Scarlett’s production of the 19th-century science fiction novel is a visceral, profoundly emotional tale of life, death, love, and identity. Set to Lowell Liebermann’s original sweeping score and immersed within the stunning stage design by world-renowned artist John Macfarlane, this must-see Chicago premiere is one of the most innovative works of dance today. Frankenstein will be presented at the historic Lyric Opera House, 20 North Upper Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago, in ten performances only, from October 12–22, 2023.

Frankenstein takes the audience on a captivating journey through scientist Victor Frankenstein’s ambitious plan to animate a patchwork of lifeless body parts, setting in motion a detrimental chain of fateful events. Scarlett’s heart-wrenching production retains the essential nature of Shelley’s novel while transforming previous notions of horror into an allegory of the human condition. Frankenstein features live music performed by the Lyric Opera Orchestra, conducted by Scott Speck, Music Director of The Joffrey Ballet.

Single tickets start at $36 and are available for purchase at Lyric Opera Box Office located at 20 N. Upper Wacker Dr. and by telephone at 312.386.8905, or online at