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Theatre Review: Bram Stokers Dracula at Bradford Alhambra

 

As the dark nights have drawn in along with the wintry weather get ready to be chilled to the bone with the classic retelling of one of the most famous horror stories of all time. Bram Stoker’s Dracula lands in the ornate surroundings of the Alhambra theatre in Bradford to completely scare us to the core! One of the darkest tales told set here in England and with the backdrop of the Carpathian Mountains providing the most dramatic surroundings for Bram Stoker’s masterpiece. This reimagination directed by Eduard Lewis is outstanding and brings the iconic character of Dracula back to life in a way we’ve never seen before.

From the outset the scene is set for a night of terror with amazing visual effects and strobe lighting allowing only glimpses of the blood sucking vampires in action. We are introduced to the central characters Jonathan Harker (Andrew Horton) and Mina Murray (Olivia Swann), engaged to be married and embarking on a new life together. Jonathan’s legal services are required to assist the mysterious Count Dracula (Glen Fox) in Transylvania with the purchase of Carfax Abbey and so taken away from Mina across Europe. With Lucy (Jessica Webber), Mina’s confidant, becoming increasingly ill with a strange blood disorder, only Doctor Steward (Evan Milton) with his old colleague Professor Van Helsing (Philip Bretherton) can delve in to the disturbing cause. An interesting twist with the character Renfield, now Lady Renfield (Cheryl Campbell) held captive in the asylum, devoted to the power of the night.

I love horror stories and anything that gives you a fright, this will definitely leave you feeling uneasy and checking your neck when you wake the next morning. A true triumph displaying the heart and darkness of the story through brilliant characterisation and the creation of a perfectly sinister atmosphere. Plenty of moments you with jump out of your skin but be warned there is blood so not for the faint hearted. A fantastic piece of theatre bringing a classic narrative to life for a new generation of fans, not to be missed!

 

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