Theatre In The Square
14 Bridewell Lane
Bram Stoker's Dracula has been adapted countless times: there are more than 200 film versions, and hundreds of adaptations for stage, opera, ballet and television, not to mention a remarkable 18 musicals! The Count himself is the second most represented character in popular culture, after Sherlock Holmes.
So why a new adaptation? Quite simply because I have never yet seen one which does justice to this remarkable book. Stoker's 1897 novel, told in letters and journal entries, is fast-paced, thrilling and filmic in style.
It deals with issues of religion and sexuality, of power and trust. When I read the book for the first time, I was astonished by its power and modernity.
This brand-new adaptation is as true to Stoker's original novel as I can make it, and we will tell the story using the magical alchemy of theatre and live performance. The play features original music, physical theatre and puppetry. We will take audiences on a breakneck journey from Transylvania to Whitby, from London to Bulgaria and everywhere in between. With a powerful ensemble cast and a menagerie of bats, birds, wolves, dogs, rats and spiders, we hope to bring a little of Stoker's dark magic to Blackfriars in December.
"Listen to the children of the night. What music they make!"
Dracula Pete Franklyn
Van Helsing Guy Muneesamy
Quincy Morris Adam Baxter
Sergio Cittadino Arthur Holmwood
Mina Murray/Harker Naomi Dunn
Lucy Westenra Becca Thompson
John Seward Joseph Scatley
Renfield Doug Hopping
Jonathan Harker Michael Reffold
Kate Salinger, Linda Gaskell, Lynn Fidler, Ivan Kirby, Saria Babiker,
Nina Meinzer, Shirley Both, John Irvine, Marien Bazai, Graham Chestney
Tickets available in September.
by Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell
Freely adapted for the stage
and directed by Robert Alderman
London venue to be confirmed
7-11 September 2020
The Minack Theatre, On the cliffs at Porthcurno, Cornwall
Robert Alderman is writing and
directing an original adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, which will be performed in London in July 2020 and at the stunning Minack Theatre, on the cliffs at Porthcurno, Penzance in Cornwall.
In Cranford the idiosyncratic but endearing ladies hope to preserve their gentility, lifestyle and social customs from change. They combat the changing world around them. Chief among the setters of norms and customs are the Jenkyns sisters, Miss Deborah and Miss Matty, who are challenged when Captain Brown comes to town with his more worldly approach to life. At the same time Dr Frank Harrison arrives to assist Dr Hoggins but ends up opposing the older doctor who is set in his ways. The unmarried ladies of the town vie for his affections but his heart is set on Sophy Hutton, the vicar's daughter.
The tranquillity of the town is disturbed by tragedy, blooming romance and comic mishaps.
Deborah Jenkyns/ Lady Glenmire Liz Kogan
Mathilda Jenkyns Margaret Johnson
Mary Smith Mary Crabtree
Dr Frank Harrison Matthew Pert
Dr Hoggins Colin Joseph
Miss Pole Lynn Fidler
Mrs Forrester Carol Wakefield
Mrs Jamison Kate Salinger
Miss Tomkinson Linda Gaskell
Caroline Tomkinson Clare Janew
Sophy Hutton Naomi Smallwood
Revd. Hutton/Johnson Geoff Prutton
Captain Brown Adam Baxter
Jessie Brown Caroline Knell
Mrs Rose Samantha Charles
Martha Emily Carmichael
Jem Hearn Edwin Coutts
Peggy/Mrs Brunoni Mary Groom
Holbrook/Muliner/Roberts John Savage
Dr Jack Marshland/
Sedan Chair Carrier 1/Workman 1 Max Donen
Major Gordon/Peter Jenkyns
Sedan Chair Carrier 2/Workman 2 Pete Franklyn
London Tickets available in May 2020
Minack Theatre Tickets available in January
Last updated:: 29 July 2019