Preview by Paul Nelson
DRAGULA, the smash hit camp musical, will play The
Crypt at Heaven nightclub, opening Monday, July 28.
By day, the mild-mannered manager of The Crypt runs a trendy
nightclub, but by night, this summer, he will transform into the
deadly Dragula - queen of the dance floor from the darkside.
This villainous vampire seduces pretty young Angelo, a wannabe
pop star and promises him untold stardom and glamour in return
for his virgin soul and entry into the world of the undead.
Will Angelo and his lover Luke escape? Or will they be trapped
by the evil Dragula, never again to experience the warm light
of day that the breaking dawn brings - Let battle commence!
Set against a backdrop of 80s hits from stars including Wham!,
Kylie, Bananarama, Donna Summer, Rick Astley and Yazoo, this campest
of musicals puts the diamante into Dracula and is most definitely
a show that will bite back given half a chance.
Keith Myers will direct Dragula as his third commission
from The Production Crew, the other two being Whip Crack Away
and The Good Old Days.
For the last 10 years, Keith has been resident writer and director
for the Time of Our Lives Theatre Co., for whom he writes musical
comedy revues that tour the country.
In 1999, he devised a new adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's classic
comedy The Venetian Twins for the Southwark Playhouse,
which received wide critical acclaim.
He has also written children's plays, pantomimes, comedy sketches
and radio commercials and has directed more than 100 productions,
spanning everything from Shakespeare to stand-up comedy.
Simon Gross has worked extensively in theatre, television, cabaret
His numerous theatre credits include a European tour of The Best
of Broadway, a national tour of The Duke of York's Budgie,
Book of Dreams for the Theatre Royal Nottingham and Singalong
Abba at the Whitehall Theatre.
As well as an acting career, Simon runs his own production company,
The Production Crew Ltd, producing up to four shows a year. This
year he will produce The Good Old Days, Whip Crack Away, Let's
Go To The Movies, Christmas Crackers and the pantomime,
Beauty and the Beast.
Dragula, Written and Directed by Keith Myers, Choreography
by Martin Wimpress, Designed by Alan Bower, Costume Design by
Saskia Green, Lighting design by David McCabe, Presented by Simon
Gross for The Theatre Crew Ltd, at The Crypt at Heaven, The Arches,
Villiers Street, London WC2.