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Bram Stoker collection inspires play at the Shakespeare Centre

Catherine Thompson 10th May, 2017 Updated: 10th May, 2017

GOTHIC goings on are afoot at the Shakespeare Centre, as a new play explores the career of Dracula author, Bram Stoker.

Written by Jefny Ashcroft and directed by Jonathan Collings, the play entitled Bram and the Guv’nor will run from 1pm on May 15, 17 and 20, and 6.30pm on May 16.

The play, set in 1897, showcases Bram’s career as a business manager and that of Sir Henry Irving – star of the Victorian stage – alongside his leading lady, Ellen Terry. Unbeknownst to them, Bram is also writing a strange new book Dracula, and attempts to persuade Henry Irving, who he idolises, to play Count Dracula. But all is not what it seems, as friendship and professional pride come into conflict and sparks fly.

The performance draws inspiration from the Bram Stoker collection currently in the care of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on behalf of the RSC, which will be on display for audience members. Among its highlights are records of Stoker’s work with Sir Henry Irving and a letter from Oscar Wilde accepting an invitation to dine with Bram.

Tickets are free and available to reserve on a first come first served basis at Not suitable for under 16s.

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