Dracula  
Dracula

by Bram Stoker
Adapted by Jane Thornton and John Godber

Directed by Allan Stronach

Tuesday 27th September - Saturday October 1st, 2005

The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre

 

Cast List

Jonathan Harker : Richard Gittins
Count Dracula : Robert Reeve
Lucy Westenra : Laura Elwood
Mina Harker : Georgie Robinson
Dr John Seward : Ross O'Farrell
Renfield : Chris Padden
Arthur Holmwood : Andy Hannon
Van Helsing : Robin Dunn
Maid : Vanessa Westing-Parsons
Mrs Bloxam : Maxine Howard
Vampire : Meryl Griffiths
(Sep 27th only : Lina Sandberg)

 

Production Team

Director : Allan Stronach
Lighting Design : Alan Wilkinson
Sound Design : Stephen Ley
Costume Design : Meryl Griffiths

Stage Managers : Lorraine Terry, Martin Brady
Props : Lorraine Terry
Lighting Operator : Julie Arrowsmith
Sound Operator : Chris Holmes
Wardrobe : Jill Batty, Kate Fearnley, Celia Reynolds, Elaine Prenzlau
Poster Design : Martin Buttery
Set construction : Terry Baker-Self, Keith Hill, John Morton, Keith Syrett and members of the cast



Review by Nina Romain

Excellent adaptation of the classic, with some topnotch acting. The stage layout is original, with Victorian furniture such as double beds and tables all on wheels so they can be whipped from one side of the stage to the other. An original touch is what must be one of the few coffins on wheels to grace the stage. There is some good usage of the Bridewell Theatre - it was once a Victorian swimming pool. The actors bring out Jonathan Harker's humour to a usually stolid character, and Mina Harker and Lucy Westenra are well portayed as lively, intelligent women. A very enjoyable play, the only drawback being its short performance time - hopefully it will return at some point.


Another comment from an audience member

I saw the same show and although I agree, I am surprised you didn't mention the excellent use of light and sound, which really added some great atmosphere. Lots of fab music and hovering smoke picking up great lighting effects. Great ideas, great theatre.