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Bram Stoker’s Dracula at The London Library

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

KATE Kerrow’s new adaptation of Dracula receives its London premiere in February 2019 at the historic London Library – the venue where Bram Stoker spent seven years researching his gothic masterpiece and creating one of fiction’s most enduring characters.

A site-specific production presented by Creation Theatre and directed by Helen Tennison, it runs from February 2 to March 2, 2019.

This atmospheric site-specific production transports the narrative to the 1950s, set amongst the emotional and social restrictions of the era. We meet a young couple reeling from their encounters with the demon Count. Jonathan struggles with his role as husband and protector, while Mina rails against the limitations placed on her as an intelligent woman.

This production puts Jonathan and Mina’s relationship at its heart.

Creation Theatre, Oxford’s largest producing theatre, has for the last 22 years established a growing reputation for their innovative theatrical adaptations of famous books with performances taking place in dramatic and unexpected locations.

Innovative audio-visual design will convey the sense of dread induced by the unseen vampire presence. The staging takes place in the Reading Room of The London Library and takes on a macabre significance following the recent discovery that numerous books still on the Library’s shelves are the original copies that Bram Stoker used to create his masterpiece.

Philip Spedding, The London Library’s Development Director who made the discovery, commented: “The books we have found show that Bram Stoker drew heavily on The London Library’s collection to help research Dracula. It appears beyond doubt that his extraordinary tale of the Transylvanian
undead has many of its origins in the quiet confines of St. James’s Square.”

Dracula is designed by Ryan Dawson Laight, with sound design by Matt Eaton and AV design by Eva Auster. Casting will be announced in due course.

Dracula is suitable for ages 13+.

Tickets: £32 Standard, £28 London Library Members, £15 Previews. To book, call 01865 766 266 or visit www.creationtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/dracula.

Time: Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm.

The London Library, 14 St James Square, London, SW1Y 4LG