By Bram Stoker. Adapted by Liz Lochhead.
Directed by Bill Compton assisted by Joe Evans
Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the first publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, YAT’s production promises to be a feast for the eyes, ears and heart.
From the original novel by Bram Stoker. Adapted by Liz Lochhead
Traditionally seen as a horror story, Dracula is presented as a tale of Love, Madness and Death, exploring the coming of age of two young sisters and the trappings of life outside of their comfortable rich upbringing.
Acclaimed poet and playwright Liz Lochhead's Dracula stays refreshingly close to Bram Stoker's classic novel. When asked to adapt it by the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, she immersed herself in the book. 'After a sleepless night,' she writes in the Introduction, 'my hair was standing on end, what with the mad Renfield in the lunatic asylum eating flies and playing John the Baptist to his coming master… and with Lucy's description of her "dream" of flying with the red-eyed one above the lighthouse at Whitby, and Jonathan's "dream" of the three Vampire Brides' advances upon him and of their being repelled at the last minute by the furious Dracula…'
'Still, what really attracted me to the story was Rule One for becoming a vampire-victim: "First of all you have to invite him in."'