Are you a fan of gothic and horror? 

This summer, The Lyric Theatre is proudly home to Philip Crawford’s rendition of the legendary story Dracula, a frequent feature of popular culture. 

As lockdown restrictions ease, we know you’ll be dying to get out and watch live performances in theatres, which will be guaranteed to be a fangtastic experience. 

As theatres around the UK had to close their doors to live audiences for sixteen months, the industry has suffered greatly financially, as well as individually to our creators and talents. Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer at The Lyric said: “I am delighted to announce that our reopening shows will be our Drama Studio production of Dracula”. The Lyric Theatre Drama Studio has been hugely successful over the years, coaching local young talent into the art of drama, with their rigorous workshops which are ideal for aspiring actors as they work alongside industry professionals.

Sink your teeth into Philip Crawford’s “Dracula” this summer at The Lyric Theatre from 27th July to the 1st of August 2021. 

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Who is Dracula?

First appearing in 1897, Dracula is one of the horror genre’s most prominent and illustrious figures. He was created by Bram Stoker and is said to be inspired by the 15th century Wallachian Prince, Vlad The Impaler, who also had a thirst for blood. His morbid nickname of “Vlad Dracula” was given to him due to the gruesome endings he gave his enemies. 

Dracula is a centuries-old vampire and Transylvanian aristocrat bestowing a charming and charismatic persona with devilishly handsome looks, unlike the vampire of Eastern European folklore. His iconic powers include the ability to turn others into vampires by sucking the blood of his victims, or through the spread of his vampiric disease; a real pain in the neck.

The Story 

Descending from his home in Transylvania, Dracula makes the move to London to invade new land (and probably enhance his cuisine). To find his ideal location, he summons a solicitor named Jonathan Harker, who helps him to inhabit an old castle in England. 

After moving in, Harker soon notices a series of disturbing incidents happening around the town. 

This gothic tale depicts a question of identity and sanity to its viewers, as it encapsulates the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. 

The play, directed by Philip Crawford, has been adapted by Liz Lochhead’s version of the story creating a modern twist to a classic tale. This painstakingly good recreation is one not to be missed. 

For further details visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk, follow The Lyric Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You can also give their box office a call on 028 9038 1081

By Rebecca Steele, Excalibur Press