Dracula

by  John L. Balderston, Hamilton Deane, Bram Stoker

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 2f

Bram Stoker's classic novel about a charming Transylvanian count who is really a vampire out to seduce women for their blood is adapted for the stage by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanitorium, has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, a specialist, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, a sort of ghost that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is at last found to be a certain Count Dracula, whose ghost is finally laid to rest in a striking and novel manner. The play is intended for all who love thrills in the theater, and is appropriate for all groups.
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Reviews

"Pure escape and great fun." - New York Post

"An evening of high class fun." - Newsweek

Keywords

Death, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Setting: Purely, England. The 1920s.
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 2f
DRACULA - a tall, mysterious man; polished and distinguished; continental in appearance and manner; age 50
MAID - an attractive young girl
HARKER - a young man of about 25; handsome in appearance, a typical Englishman of the Public School class, but in manner direct, explosive, incisive, and exciteable
DR. SEWARD - an alienist of about 55; intelligent, but a typical specialist who lives in a world of text books and patients, not a man of action or force of character
ABRAHAM VAN HELSING - a man of medium height in his early 50s, with a clean-shaven, astute face; has a nervous, alert manner, an air of resolution; clearly a man of resourceful action with incisive speech
RENFIELD - repulsive youth; face distorted, shifty eyes, tousled hair
ATTENDANT - dressed in uniform
LUCY - a beautiful girl of 20, her face unnaturally pale; she walks with difficulty and wears a scarf around her throat
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

John L. Balderston

John L. Balderston began his career as a journalist in 1912 while still a student at Columbia University; he worked as the New York correspondent for the Philadelphia Record. He worked as European war correspondent during World War I for the McClure Newspaper Syndicate, then was director of information ...

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Hamilton Deane

Hamilton Deane

Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker

Dracula was first presented on Broadway by Horace Liveright at the Fulton Theatre in New York City on October 5, 1927. It was directed by Ira Hards.

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