Dracula, The Story

Act I

Prologue

Old Dracula emerges, the scent of blood strong. The hunt begins.

Voyage

Jonathan Harker, a young English lawyer, boards a carriage for the final leg of a journey that has brought him far from home

Arrival and Sojourn

Jonathan reads through his papers as Dracula watches. Jonathan is terrorised by the vampire, but is what is happening reality, fantasy, or both?

The Plot Thickens

As Jonathan gazes at his beloved Mina’s photograph, Dracula reaches into his mind and conjures a living image. He leaves, locking the door and Jonathan is alone until he is joined by the Brides of Dracula. The women are dispersed by an angry Dracula who claims Jonathan for himself. Dracula feasts on Jonathan and is transformed to a younger version of himself.

Jonathan watches Dracula depart for England as the real Mina and her friend, the young Lucy Westenra, are seen in an English garden.

Engagement

Lucy awaits her suitors. The intelligent but melancholic Dr. Jack Seward is rejected, whilst the confident and flamboyant Hon. Arthur Holmwood is accepted.

Fluttering Bats

Dracula, skittering among his fellow bats, arrives at Renfield’s cell.

The Sanatorium

Dr. Seward returns to study his most peculiar patient, Renfield. Renfield, who hungers after bugs, spiders and all living things, grows violent as he cannot get his way. 

Foreshadowing

Whilst sleepwalking, Lucy is lured into a cemetery by Dracula. He feeds upon her blood. Once he has had his fill, he feeds Lucy his own blood. 

Celebration

Arthur and Lucy hold a party to celebrate their engagement but Lucy arrives late on the arm of an unknown stranger. Lucy’s unusual behaviour draws attention from the other guests. As the party ends, she runs out in embarrassment. 

One Dance

Dracula stops Mina from following Lucy. Time stands still. Dracula who should feed upon Mina cannot; Mina who should be repulsed by Dracula, is drawn towards him. Unbidden, the vision of Jonathan breaks in. Mina leaves after reading a message that Jonathan has returned. 

Anger, Retribution

Tortured by the grasp Mina has upon him, Dracula serves his retribution upon Lucy. Arthur, Seward and Van Helsing arrive. They hope to save Lucy but they are too late.

Act II

Funeral

Final respects are paid to Lucy as she is interred in the Westenra family vault. 

Grieving

Friends and lovers grieve the loss of Lucy. Mina cannot escape her thoughts of Dracula. 

Freedom

Van Helsing leads the young men back to the vault. To their horror, the coffin is empty. Lucy returns as dawn approaches. Van Helsing arranges that Lucy be staked and beheaded.

The Hunt

The men return, with Mina, to the Sanatorium where she is to spend the night. Van Helsing hypnotises Renfield and learns of Dracula’s hiding place. The men destroy Dracula’s crates, bearing unhallowed earth. Dracula punishes Renfield and seeks out Mina for his revenge.

Love

Alone in her room Mina realises she is helpless in her love for Dracula. Out of the night the exhausted and hunted Dracula arrives.

Discovery

The men return to discover Renfield dead and Mina in Dracula’s arms. Dracula flees into the night.

Paths to be Followed

Jonathan finds his wife in one of her strange trances. She attempts to escape into the night but is stopped by Van Helsing, Arthur and Seward. Van Helsing leads them all on his crusade to free Mina and the world from Dracula

Tour Dates

Dracula
Leeds Playhouse
0113 213 7800
Times
M T W T F S S
28
29
7.30
30
7.30
31
2.00
7.30
1
7.30
2
2.00
7.30
3

Dracula
Cinemas everywhere
Times
M T W T F S S
28
29
30
31
7.15
1
2
3

Dates, times and productions are subject to change without notice.