Before Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, before Interview With A Vampire, there was Dracula.
Charles Morey’s faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel tells a classic tale of the battle between Good and Evil. We follow the journey of Jonathan Harker to Dracula’s castle in Transylvania and learn how the aging Count travels to Victorian London in search of fresh blood to renew his youth. Harker is left in the castle to be fed upon by Dracula’s three vampire brides but escapes and eventually returns to England where he encounters the vampire again and discovers even his own fiancée, Mina, is in danger.
A small group, led by Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, set out on a desperate quest to find and destroy Count Dracula before it is too late, armed only with their religious beliefs, scientific knowledge, and the traditional weapons of the vampire slayer. Their quest will put their own lives at risk, and challenge their innermost beliefs and convictions.
The Stage Club’s production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula brings the world’s most famous vampire to Singapore. Be prepared to be scared!
The novel has become more significant for modern readers than it was for contemporary Victorian readers, most of whom enjoyed it just as a good adventure story. It only reached its broad iconic legendary status later in the 20th century when the movie versions appeared.
Set in Transylvania, Whitby, London and finally back in Transylvania, the story of Dracula has been the basis for countless films and plays. Stoker himself wrote the first theatrical adaptation, which was presented at the Lyceum Theatre under the title Dracula, or The Undead shortly before the novel’s publication and performed only once.
Popular films include Dracula (1931), Dracula (alternative title: The Horror of Dracula) (1958), and Dracula (also known as Bram Stoker’s Dracula) (1992).
Dracula was also adapted as Nosferatu (1922), a film directed by the German director F.W. Murnau, without permission from Stoker’s widow. The filmmakers attempted to avoid copyright problems by altering many of the details, including changing the name of the villain to “Count Orlok”.