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Dracula to sink his teeth into Bath - Colin Baker interview

The world premiere production of a brand new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula comes to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 2nd May to Saturday 7th May. Listen to our interview with star Colin Baker.

Infamous vampire Dracula is to descend on Bath when a brand new adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel enjoys its world premiere at Bath Theatre Royal from Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th May.

Colin Baker
Colin Baker

The production stars former Doctor Who Colin Baker as Van Helsing and Harry Potter villain Richard Bremmer as Dracula as part of an all-star cast which also features Laura Howard (Midsomer Murders) and Ben Keaton (Casualty). 

Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, one of the country’s most highly regarded directors, Dracula has been adapted into a stunning new version set in the 21st Century by award-winning writer Bryony Lavery.

Enigmatic and terrifying, sensual yet deadly, the fearsome figure of Dracula continues to haunt and enthral.  The story's epic battle between good and evil, darkness and light, is one that has journeyed through the generations to the very heart of our modern day world.  Count Dracula is one of the most powerful creations of horror ever conceived yet his lonely and deadly pursuit of immortality seems to touch a human nerve that transcends time and culture.

Award-winning writer Bryony Lavery (and Tony Award nominee for Frozen) has adapted Bram Stoker's novel of gothic horror and sexual repression into an extraordinary and compelling drama for our time. 

This stunning new version promises to scare you witless and entertain you with spectacle, sound and magic.  It spans centuries and challenges every preconception you have ever had about the legendary figure of...Dracula!

Dracula runs at Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 2nd May to Saturday 7th May. 
Ticket prices range from £11.50 – £26.50 (with concessions available) and are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844.

Click the Real Audio link on the right to listen to BBC Wiltshire's Daniel Garrett in conversation with Van Helsing actor Colin Baker who discusses the play and how it has been modernised. Colin also gives his thoughts on the new series of Doctor Who.

last updated: 10/04/06
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Peter Heimsoth
I was at Chicago TARDIS this last weekend and heard Colin Baker rhapsodize about the production and all its 21st century touches, such as Jonathan and Mina communicating via e-mail. He also told of the people in charge of the costumes asking him not to stand so close when he stakes Lucy because they were fed up with all the blood getting all over his outfit.I wish I could have seen the play; it sounds very good indeed. Maybe they'll bring it here to the States someday.As to something said in this review, have we actual documentation from Bram Stoker himself saying that he meant his book to be in any way about sexual repression? That seems an awfully "modern" notion.


dracula you look ugly

I saw the performance when it was down in Southend. It was enjoyable, even though it was highly modernised. Parts were scary, but I found myself laughing a lot too.

Roisin - Birmingham
I saw the play as part of my Drama course, but enojyed it greatly. Although it was modernised, Bryony did amazingly well to keep the atmosphere and stay true to the original novel. Wonderful cast, wonderful effects, a splendid way to spend the night at the theatre, and everyone involved is to be congratulated for such a wonderful adaption.

Saw it in Cardiff and enjoyed it immensely. It's not scary in the blood and gore sense but it's very sinister. Great set, great special effects, great acting. Colin Baker, Hywel Simons, Richard Bremmer and Ben Keaton stand out in the memory. Go see it...

Billy Rees
Hi, A brilliant interview with Colin... Booked tickets to go and see Dracula on Thursday 12th at The New Theatre, Cardiff. Can't wait!!!

Sally Bates
Colin Baker is a great actor, and such great man. I look forward to seeing him in dracula.

jenny louse kenchington
i love doctor who last 40 years love you dad love you mich love from jennyxxxx

Chris Meredith
I saw it on tuesday 26th april at the theatre royal in plymouth, and i thought it was fantastic. one of the most inventive and original pieces of drama i have seen for a long time, and some great black humour. i urge anyone who can to go and see it.

Paul Graham Manchester
Would this be the world premiere of Dracula that has just finished it's run at the Lowry in Salford?

Jeremy Spencer
very good interview and i saw the play (which had some great special effects) at the Lowry theatre,here in Manchester where i met Colin backstage who is always good to talk to.

Colin Baker as Van Helsing. Colin is a great actor, although I cant quite imagine a large figure playing the part.

Garry Jones
Great interview on the site with Colin Baker! Really looking forward to seeing this, got tickets for its performance in Cardiff in May,always a joy to see Colin in something, great actor and should make the play definetly worth going to see.

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