imitating the dog are back with a radical new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula telling this gothic classic from the perspective of the novel’s heroine Mina Harker.
Written and directed by imitating the dog’s co-artistic directors Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks, Dracula: The Untold Story will open at Leeds Playhouse from 25th Sept – 9th Oct ahead of a UK tour.
New Year’s Eve 1965, London, England. Just before midnight, as revellers celebrate the beginning of another year, a young woman enters Marylebone Police Station and confesses to a brutal murder.
She claims to be Mina Harker, the last living survivor of the intrepid group that brought about Count Dracula’s destruction some 70 years before. But Mina Harker has not been seen since 1901, and if she were alive she would be ninety years old.
The action unfolds on stage as a live graphic novel, as well using the latest digital technologies imitating the dog are known for, offering a chilling new version of the vampire tale that you thought you knew so well.
“We are doing something quite different with the story, coming at it afresh,” says Andrew Quick. “We have great respect for Bram Stoker’s original storyline, and we do revisit it a lot in our production. But I think this version is relevant to our times and we cannot wait to be in front of audiences again. It’s been too long.”
The production’s creative team will feature design by Laura Hopkins, projection and video design by Simon Wainwright, who did their version of Night of The Living Dead, lighting is by Andrew Crofts and original music composed by James Hamilton. Casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
Dracula: The Untold Story is a co-production with Leeds Playhouse where it will premiere from 25th September till 9th Oct. It then tours to Liverpool Playhouse, Dukes Lancaster, Watford Palace Theatre, Mercury Theatre Colchester and finally The Lowry, Salford Quays.
For further information on the tour visit www.imitatingthedog.co.uk
25th Sept – 9th Oct at 7.45pm (Mat: 30th Sept & 7th Oct at 2pm and 2nd & 9th Oct at 2.30pm)
Box office: 0113 213 7700 / www.leedsplayhouse.org.uk
Tickets on sale: 6th May
12th– 16th Oct at 7.30pm (Mat: 14th at 1.30pm & 16th at 2pm) – Liverpool Playhouse
Tickets on sale: Early June
29th & 30th Oct at 7.30pm (Mat: 30th at 2.30pm) – Dukes Lancaster
Box office: 01524 598500 (From 21 May) / www.dukeslancaster.org
Tickets on sale: 29th April
2nd – 6th Nov at 7.30pm (Mat: 4th & 6th at 2.30pm) – Watford Palace Theatre
Tickets on sale: 11th May
9th & 10th Nov at 7.30pm (10th at 2.30pm) – Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Box office: 01206 573948 / www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Tickets on sale: 1st June
12th & 13th Nov at 8pm (Mat 13th at 2.30pm) – The Lowry, Salford
Box office: 0343 2081850 / www.thelowry.com
Tickets on sale: 30th April from 10am
Captioned performances will be available throughout the tour.