Be afraid! Be very afraid! The most famous vampire of all, Dracula, is coming to Winchester’s Chesil Theatre in March 2020. Open auditions for the 10 exciting roles – five male, five female – are being held on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 December 2019. The characters cover a wide age range from 18 to 60, including two young women (one vivacious, the other very proper), an insane inmate of Bedlam asylum, an upright solicitor, plus of course the Prince of Darkness himself.
Set in the 1890s, the narrative follows Count Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England, seeking, what else, but new blood. From the remote Yorkshire coast to the crowded streets of London, the struggle to stop his vampiric reign begins.
Director John Wakeman said: “This bold modern adaptation is by renowned poet and playwright Liz Lochhead and stays unnervingly close to Bram Stoker’s original nightmare tale.”
An informal reading is being held at the theatre on Friday 6 December at 7.45pm, when newcomers are particularly welcome. Dracula runs from 28 March to 4 April 2020 and tickets are now available from www.chesiltheatre.org.uk