This makes the play a strong choice for high school productions, community theatre and college theater programs. Seward's daughter and Jonathan Harker's fiancé, is close to death from a mysterious illness.
She needs constant blood transfusions and suffers from terrible dreams.
Although vampire legends existed before he wrote this book, Stoker created what has become the most well-known version of a vampire - a version that still persists through literature and film today. Balderston was first copyrighted in 1927, thirty years after the publication of Stoker’s novel.
By then, the world was familiar enough with Stoker's story and main character, but audiences could still be scared by and unfamiliar with the details of the notorious vampire's "life." A modern audience will enjoy this play out of nostalgia and a love its classic, campy, film noir feel, whereas the original audiences of the 1930s showed up for love of horror and a night of being frightened.
Seward who runs the sanatorium down the road from Count Dracula's recently acquired castle.
In the play, Van Helsing, Harker and Seward need to track down and sanctify only 6 coffins filled with grave dirt instead of the 50 in the novel. Seward's library instead of the novel’s multiple locations in London, aboard ships between Great Britain and Europe, and in castles in Transylvania.
Lucy is a beautiful girl who loves her father and fiancé. The main characters are unaware of who or what Count Dracula is for so long that it becomes humorous to an audience, despite the seriousness of the characters.
There are many opportunities for a production to have fun and make exciting choices with this classic horror play.
Bram Stoker Bram Stoker (1847-1912) is best known as the author of Dracula.
Abraham Stoker was born in Clontarf, Ireland in 1847.