Former EastEnder Lacey Turner is swapping Stacey for Shelley as she relocates from gloomy Walford to Gothic horror.

The actress is to play the role of Elizabeth Lavenza, the bride of Frankenstein, in a live BBC musical spectacular.

Lacey, who left her role as Albert Square’s Stacey Slater last year, is to appear in the BBC3 musical Frankenstein’s Wedding … Live in Leeds next month.

The star – who landed a National Television Award for her soap performance – has recently been seen in BBC3’s Being Human. But now she is moving on from vampires, werewolves and ghosts to the reanimation horror of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein novel.

She will be joined in the cast by Andrew Gower as Victor Frankenstein, and David Harewood – whose roles have included Nelson Mandela in BBC4’s Mrs Mandela – as the Creature.

The programme is being broadcast on Saturday March 19 from Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, with a live audience of 12,000 people.

The BBC said the production will explore the literary masterpiece through ‘live drama and contemporary music’.

Lacey said: “This is a fantastic project to work on and a great story. I’m looking forward to it being live – it’s definitely an adrenaline rush and I am already very excited about my makeover.”

Harry Lansdown, the channel’s acting controller, said: “The story of Frankenstein is as relevant today as it ever was. I’m delighted to be telling its story on BBC3 through this live drama, which has a great cast and fantastically ambitious audience participation at its very heart.”

Ticket applications open on Friday at the BBC Three website.