Dracula by Bram Stoker
“The dead travel fast” – a guest blog by Cheish Merryweather
On the night of Halloween, the crowds poured into People’s Theatre to take their seats and be entertained with an adapted performance of Dracula by Bram Stoker. We had our first glimpse at the exterior of the infamous immortal master’s castle and as smoke billowed across the dimly lit stage the mood was set.
A sudden and mysterious storm whips the Yorkshire coast, wrecking a strange ship with a cargo of grave dust. As the high moral values of Victorian England come up against the dark underside of human nature, this is one performance which had us on the edge of our seat.
The costumes, lighting and stage all carried on this simplistic, gothic theme and although the story-telling is fast-paced, this was a thrilling adaptation for the audience. Whether you’re a horror fan who is familiar with the story or if you need a refresher on the original tale, you won’t regret taking a trip to the castle and beyond as we meet many characters during this battle of good vs evil.
The cast is once again outstanding with a standout performance from Dracula himself – a part Ben Heathcote was born to play as he towers over his fellow cast members and glares at the audience with his piercing eyes.
There is blood but not guts, which is a considerably wise decision as this would have ruined the ‘tell don’t show’ approach to the script. Allowing the audience to let their imagination run wild and visualise the goriest parts of the performances for themselves, which overall sounds like the perfect Halloween for us.
Dracula at People’s Theatre is a success in storytelling and haunting thrills. Join them if you dare.
“Perfect Hallowe’en night out. Don’t have nightmares …” – NE Lifestyle Magazine
LISTINGS INFORMATION – Dracula
DATE: Tuesday 31 October – Saturday 4 November 2017
VENUE: People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QF
TICKETS: £13.50 (Concessions £11)
BOX OFFICE: 0191 265 5020