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Dracula, pt 1

4 Extra Debut. Bram Stoker's original vampire horror tale of Count Dracula's reign of terror in Victorian Britain. Stars Nicky Henson.

1/2 Launching a month's focus on The Gothic Imagination, Bram Stoker's disturbing vampire tale of horror, in a new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Told through letters, journal entries, and other found testimony, this is the story of the brief reign of terror of an uncivilised monster in Victorian Britain.

The Gothic Imagination on Radio 4 and 4 Extra, is reclaiming original gothic creations from the clich├ęs they have become, and introducing three new works into the canon. For all the fireworks of blood, flesh and horror, Frankenstein reveals itself as the story of parenting and abandonment, and Dracula, as a supernatural fable reflecting a harrowing fear of female sexuality, and the treatment meted out to the insane pervert who unleashes it for pleasure.

Narrated by various characters, and with different 'takes' on the progress of the story, this is an all action adventure story, with ghosts, ghouls, lunatics, and seriously gripping chase sequences. Adapting it in just two hours takes the audience on a thrilling ride through the dark psyche of Victorian England.

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 20 Oct 2012 21:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Count Dracula Nicky Henson
Dr Seward Charles Edwards
Renfield Don Gilet
Jonathan Harker Michael Shelford
Mina Murray Ellie Kendrick
Lucy Westenra Scarlett Brookes
Dr Van Helsing John Dougall
Arthur Joe Sims
Landlord's Wife Christine Absalom
Driver Robert Blythe
Simmons Patrick Brennan
Vampiress Sarah Thom
Vampiress Ellie Crook
Vampiress Stephanie Racine
Child Harper Bone
Singer Adriana Festeu
Director Jessica Dromgoole
Writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Author Bram Stoker

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The Gothic Imagination on Radio 4 Extra

The Gothic Imagination on Radio 4 Extra

Three original Gothic dramas by Lucy Catherine, Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Nancy Harris.

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