Dracula remains the father of all vampire tales and this autumn an all new production sees the bloodthirsty tale resurrected as part of a nine-week tour, set to receive its most terrifying staging ever.
“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 writer, Dracula
Cheryl Campbell and Philip Bretherton, lead the cast of this sexy, dark and thrilling reimagining of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic story, brought to opulent and irresistible life in a contemporary interpretation that includes all the definitive characters. They are joined by Glen Fox as Dracula, Andrew Horton as Jonathan Harker, Evan Milton as Doctor Seward, Olivia Swann as Mina Murray, and Jessica Webber as Lucy.
Ben Hart’s incredible illusion design will create an atmosphere of spine-chilling fear as audiences are shaken to their very core, producers say. Completely re-imagined by an exciting creative team, discover the story that started them all. 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.
Cheryl Campbell is Lady Renfield. A stage performer of considerable note and range, Campbell has twice been a member of the RSC, notably collecting an Olivier Award for her role in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Her screen work is no less celebrated; having received a BAFTA nomination for her role in Dennis Potter’s Pennies From Heaven staring alongside Bob Hoskins, she went on to collect the award for Best Actress the following year for her depiction of Vera Brittain in the BBC’s dramatization of Testament of Youth. Amongst her considerable screen performances are appearances in some of the UK’s most beloved series’ including Inspector Morse, The Way We Live Now, Waking The Dead, Spooks, Peep Show, Lewis, Casualty Doctor Foster and Call The Midwife.
Starring as Van Helsing, Philip Bretherton is known to millions for his starring roles in the BBC comedy As Time Goes By in which Alistair Deacon starred alongside Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer from 1992 -2005), BBC 1’s Casualty, ITV’s Coronation Street and Footballers Wives. He also appeared in the fifth and final series of the CBBC series Young Dracula as Roquelaire. His stage work includes roles as varied as Brad in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to Frank in Educating Rita. Other stage shows include Pygmalion, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Six Degrees of Separation, God of Carnage, As You Like It, and Blithe Spirit.
A Touring Consortium Theatre Production in association with the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and Ewing Entertainment, it receives its World Premiere on Friday 28th September 2018, then goes to visit: 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.
Emotionally fulfilling, utterly terrifying, spellbindingly addictive, will this Dracula ever die? Bram Stoker’s Dracula was first published in 1897 and has since been made into countless radio, TV and Hollywood films. Inspiring the recent resurgence in vampire mania andthe Twilight movie series, Dracula on stage will be a must-see.