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Dracula

With our upcoming production of Dracula at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, last week we ran an event in collaboration with Leeds Central Library to show appreciation for all things gothic and supernatural and to address why Dracula is still as popular as ever in today’s arts and culture.
Photo Jonathan Taylor
The dancers have been back since the end of July, but today there is something of the first day of term in the air. Dracula opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday, running till Saturday 13 September. The Technical Team are there already laying the floor, installing the sets and lighting. The dancers will be there on Thursday for technical and dress rehearsals before the curtain goes up on Friday night.
Northern Ballet has collaborated with The Alchemist to create a limited edition cocktail to mark the return of Northern Ballet’s Dracula to the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The Transylvanian Broker cocktail will be available exclusively at The Alchemist in Trinity Leeds between 1 – 14 September 2014 and will be priced at £6.95.
This week two sultry and mysterious characters were spotted in the atmospheric Dark Arches of Leeds as our dancers Alice Bayston and Isabelle Clough took to the tunnels to model the latest fashions in a vampire-inspired photo shoot with Harvey Nichols.
From Murnau's Nosferatu in 1922 to Dracula Untold in 2014 the immortal Count has been captured on the big screen more than any other fictional character. A quick search on IMDB (Internet Movie Database) lists 404 films and TV programmes featuring Dracula, and second place goes to Sherlock Holmes with a meagre 292 on-screen credits! We've collected a number of trailers of films the Count has appeared in - because of the nature of Dracula some of these may not be suitable for younger audiences. Click a title to see the video...
We are deeply saddened to hear of Kevin's passing and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Pat and his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time. Kevin was a great supporter of Northern Ballet for many years and was thought of fondly by the whole Company. He was a truly valued advocate for dance in the North of England and will be sadly missed by all the staff at Northern Ballet.
As Dracula prepared to return for the first time in five years, we spoke to Senior Wardrobe Manager Mikhaila Pye to find out just what it takes to get our dancers on stage in their Victorian finest... How soon do you start preparing the wardrobe for the revival of a production? We start planning the wardrobe for a revival as soon as possible, or as soon as we get the casting for a production. We got the Dracula costumes back from storage before the summer break at the end of June.
Wednesday 27 August 2014 at 6pm To celebrate the return of Northern Ballet's Dracula join us at Leeds Central Library for an evening with Royal Armouries and University of Leeds as we share insights on the gothic era and Bram Stoker’s legendary novel, Dracula. We'll be asking why does it continue to influence art, culture and society and always keeps us thirsty for more.
Dracula. One of the most well known novels of the 19th century and one of Northern Ballet's most-loved productions. This information pack brings together information on our ballet of Dracula, information on the costumes, sets and the adaptation itself.
It's back to work this week for our dancers who we welcome back from a four-week summer holiday.

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