Dracula rises for a stage return at Jack Studio Theatre

Listen to the children of the night. What sweet music they make.

Here’s something to get your teeth into this autumn. Multi award-nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre Company returns to the Jack Studio Theatre, in South London, with a blood-curdling new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Written by the company’s artistic director, Ross McGregor, this brand-new stage version of Bram Stoker’s monumental, genre-defining Gothic horror classic, is brought to irresistible life as a spine-chilling masterpiece of fear.

Immortal only as long as he is able to drink the blood of the living, Count Dracula has come to London.

Setting his sights on Mina Murray, he embarks on a blood-fuelled path of seduction and devastation.

As Mina begins to hear the music of the night, her fiancé Jonathan Harker and Professor Van Helsing must race to defeat Dracula before it is too late.

Christopher Tester (White Rose) will play Dracula.

He is joined by Cornelia Baumann, Oliver Brassell, Lucy Ioannou, Conor Moss, Alex Stevens, Beatrice Vincent and Andrew Wickes.

Irish-born Bram Stoker got a taste for horror after being told stories by his mother when he spent the first seven years of his life sickly and in bed.

He later worked as a journalist and theatre critic until, against his family’s wishes, Stoker moved to London and took a position as actor-manager with Henry Irving’s Lyceum Theatre.

Despite Dracula being his best-known work, he finished 18 novels during his life and continued to write until his death in 1912, due to exhaustion.

Eight-time Off West End Award Nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre returns to the Jack this October after their sold-out run of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein last year and its critically-acclaimed recent production of The White Rose.

Dracula, directed by McGregor, plays at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre from October 9 – 27 and Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, November 1 – 3.

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