After-dark Dracula at Whitby Abbey
Dracula at Night, 1 – 3 November 2012
After receiving much acclaim for daytime performances over the summer, a dramatic performance of Dracula is set to return to Whitby Abbey this November with an extra twist – the performances will take place after dark!
For just three nights, from Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 November, the dark ruins will provide a superbly atmospheric backdrop to a dramatic production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, brought back to life by a cast of four actors, and written by a regular performer at Whitby Abbey, Simon Kirk.
“The response to this play during the summer was absolutely fantastic, so with the darkness adding an extra layer of drama and frisson to the captivating performance, what better time is there to bring this performance back to Whitby Abbey?” comments English Heritage’s regional events manager, Jon Hogan. “Our family-friendly early evening performance is very similar to the one visitors will have seen over the summer, although adapted of course to make the most of the darkness. The two later performances retain the humour of the performance, but also take advantage of the darkness to make add to the thrills of the Dracula story – a must-see show for any fan of gothic literature.”
There will be three performances each evening taking place at 5.30pm (family performance), 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Each show lasts approximately one hour, with spectators joining the actors as they move around the subtly-lit ruins. As the performances are entirely outdoors, warm clothing and sturdy footwear is strongly recommended.
Tickets are priced at £12.00 for adults, £8.00 for concessions and £6.00 for children (5.30pm performance only), with a discount of £2.00 per ticket for English Heritage members. Ticket sales for each performance will be strictly limited, so visitors must pre-book by calling 0870 333 1183, or by visiting Whitby Abbey in person.
For more information, please call 01947 603568 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/whitbyabbey
Notes to editors: The following is a selection of comments from Trip Advisor from visitors who saw the play over the summer:
“Visited the abbey today and watched the Dracula Play. It is brilliant, the actors put in a lot of effort and their performances are brilliant. Appropriate for all the family we really enjoyed it.”
“We saw this play last weekend and totally loved it. It was funny and very entertaining for all the family. The actors reacted really well to the crowd participation and it was set in amazing location. The abbey is amazing. Totally recommended.”
“Historic Abbey - hilarious Dracula play. We really enjoyed the play performed by three actors based on the Dracula story - great fun for young and old.”
“We were lucky enough to see the Bram Stoker story of Dracula. A reinactment by 3 superb (Energetic) actors/actress. They were truly magnificant in the roles they played, about 7 or 8 carachters in total. If you visit make sure you ask about the times the play is on.”
“There was a 3 actor performance of Dracula on during our visit.. We all thought that the play was brilliant and the effort that the actors put into their performances was outstanding. Five Stars *****. If you get the chance to see this performance it really is worth it.”
For further media information or photographs, please contact:
Jay Commins – PRO English Heritage (Yorkshire)
Tel: 0113 251 5698
Mob: 07810 546567