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Contemporary reimaging of Bram Stoker's Dracula to tour UK this autumn

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Dracula is one of the most universally iconic novels ever written; a monumental, genre defining classic that is known the world over and this autum, an all new production sees the bloodthirsty tale resurrected as part of a nine-week tour.

A Touring Consortium Theatre Production in association with the Everyman Theatre and Ewing Entertainment, it receives its world premiere on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham before visiting Theatre Royal, Nottingham; Churchill Theatre, Bromley; Hull, New Theatre; King’s Theatre, Edinburgh; Darlington, Hippodrome; Blackpool, Grand Theatre; Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre; and the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford.

There was a deliberate voluptuousness that was both thrilling and repulsive. And as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal till I could see in the moonlight the moisture then lapped the white, sharp teeth. Lower and lower went her head. I closed my eyes in a languorous ecstasy and waited. Bram Stoker, Dracula.

Described as sexy, dark and thrilling, this brand-new stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of obsession and horror is brought to opulent and irresistible life in a contemporary interpretation that includes all the definitive characters. And Ben Hart’s incredible illusion design will create an atmosphere of spine-chilling fear as audiences are shaken to their very core.

In Transylvania, enter the castle of Count Dracula and his three brides. The Count, who feeds on the elixir of young blood to look youthful, will take you on a deliciously evil ride as he pursues his victims and encounters Jonathan Harker, Professor Van Helsing and Dr. Seward along the way.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was first published in 1897 and has since been made into countless radio, TV and Hollywood films as well as inspiring the recent resurgence in vampire mania and the Twilight movie series.

Dracula is produced by Matthew Gale who returns to The Touring Consortium and renews his professional relationship with Jenny King who has adapted the novel for the stage. Their longstanding professional relationship includes successful collaborations with The Railway Children (Waterloo Station and Toronto) which won an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, Slava’s Snow Show (Southbank Centre and Touring) and with Mark Goucher Chorus Line (London Palladium) and the UK tour of Hairspray.

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company is a collaborative partnership with seven regional large-scale touring theatres for whom recent productions include Regeneration, Of Mice and Men and Tale of Two Cities.

Ben Hart, The Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year (2007), designs special effects for theatre, film and television. Recent theatrical credits include Fanny and Alexander (Old Vic); A Christmas Carol (RSC); and The Exorcist (West End).

The production is directed by Eduard Lewis and designed by Sean Cavanagh, with lighting by Ben Cracknell, costume design by Cleo Pettitt, music and sound design by Paul Ewin and movement direction by Sara Green. Casting will be announced in due course.

Dracula is suitable for ages 16+ .