Presented by Dublin City Council Bram Stoker Festival
Dracula: A Journey Into Darkness
29 October 2023
Written by Bram Stoker
Directed by Joan Sheehy
Date: Sunday 29 October
On the Abbey stage
Tickets: €25 / €20 Conc.
Running time: 3 hours (including a 30 minute interval)
Age recommendation: 14+
Enter freely, and of your own free will into the captivating world of Bram Stoker’s Dracula: the first time Stoker’s original text, that has entranced audiences for over a century, has been presented on our national stage.
Dublin City Council Bram Stoker Festival is thrilled to present Dracula: A Journey Into Darkness: A Staged Reading of Dracula Chapters 1 – 4, at the Abbey Theatre: a night filled with suspense and punctuated with terror highlighting the literary brilliance of Stoker’s gothic horror masterpiece.
The first four chapters, the haunting diaries of Jonathan Harker, will be read live by Andrew Bennett with Barry McGovern as the unseen voice of Dracula. Directed by Joan Sheehy, Dracula: A Journey Into Darkness will draw you into “the land of phantoms” in a literary and dramatic experience featuring Suzie Cummins’s lighting and Tom Lane’s soundscape; a collaboration amplifying the unsettling atmosphere and creating a theatrical event dripping with intensity and intrigue.
Dracula’s opening chapters contain many of the novel’s most memorable and dread-filled moments: Jonathan Harker embarks on his treacherous journey to meet Count Dracula, encountering terrified locals along the way who warn him of the malevolent presence that dwells within his destination. After his initial welcome to the Castle, Harker descends deeper into darkness, experiencing a series of alarming visions that hint at the Count’s true horrors and intentions. Soon, finding himself a captive, he bears witness to a savage wolf attack, leaving him with the certain knowledge of his own fate and the urgent necessity to escape the clutches of the diabolical Dracula. As the Count’s coffins are packed for his journey to England, Harker summons his courage and attempts his daring escape…
Join us for an experience like no other this October Bank Holiday weekend.
These chapters contain some descriptions of a violent and disturbing nature.
Age recommendation: 14+ (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)