Dracula delivers live theatre with bite

BLOODY CLASSIC: Shake & Stir's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula is coming to Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange.

BLOODY CLASSIC: Shake & Stir's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula is coming to Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange.

THE Gothic horror story Dracula is sweeping across the country in a gripping, critically-acclaimed show presented by Shake & Stir Co and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

The live production will hit the stage at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre for two shows next week, followed by further performances in Dubbo and Orange.

When young lawyer Jonathan Harker visits Castle Dracula deep within the Carpathian Mountains, he's not expecting the strange hospitality he receives from his mysterious host.

Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that Dracula wants more than his presence at the dinner table - he might also be the main course.

Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind, Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and above all - blood.

This new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s twisted tale comes from the company behind the multi-award-winning, national touring productions of 1984 and Animal Farm.

“The atmosphere in the theatre was electric. The audience was in the palm of the ensemble’s able hands and rose to a unanimous standing ovation at the play’s conclusion,” wrote ARTSHUB.

The audience was in the palm of the ensemble’s able hands. - ARTSHUB

Weekend Notes was even more enthusiastic, writing: “A triumph. It is always something of a razor’s edge dilemma to teeter between humour and melodrama and shake & stir get the balance just about perfectly.”

Michael Futcher is the director of this new adaptation and is supported by set designer Josh McIntosh, costume designer Leigh Buchanan and lighting designer Jason Glenwright.

The show is not for the faint-hearted, though, and comes with a warning that it features simulated violence, sexual and supernatural themes, haze and strobe lighting.

Dracula will appear at BMEC at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 21 and 11am on Wednesday, March 22 (bookings and information  6333 6161).

From there the show travels to Dubbo for a one-off performance at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on Thursday, March 23 (phone 6801 4378 for details) and then back to the Orange Civic Theatre on Saturday, March 25 (phone 6393 8111).

Dracula is recommended for audiences aged 16 and over.

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