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Dracula: The Bloody Truth
6th April, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 15th April, 2017 @ 12:00 am
Barbican Theatre are extremely excited to announce a new partnership with The Plymouth Athenaeum to bring Le Navet Bete’s new show Dracula: The Bloody Truth to it’s stage in April 2017, to open the glorious Athenaeum theatre for the city of Plymouth at Easter once again.
Barbican Theatre first met Le Navet Bete in 2008 and have worked closely with them ever since on six co-productions. Following sell out versions of The Wizard of Oz and Robin Hood and His Merry Men the past two Christmases, Le Navet Bete and Barbican Theatre’s 2016 Christmas production of The Jungle Book opens on 13 December (which also looks to sell out with 93% tickets for the 46 performances already sold by opening night).
Sheila Snellgrove, CEO of Barbican Theatre says
“Le Navet Bete’s work is now so successful it deserves a larger stage. We want to keep them in the city and support their careers, so we met with Owen at The Athenaeum in July of this year. Gradually a partnership developed to re-open the Athenaeum for theatrical performances, with Dracula as the first production. The Plymouth Athenaeum is held so dearly in the hearts of so many Plymouthians and I’m thrilled we can play a part in bringing theatre back to it’s stage”.
Dracula: The Bloody Truth is produced by Le Navet Bete in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre. Le Navet Bete are committed to creating hilarious, physical and totally accessible comedy theatre using creative and engaging storytelling. Dracula: The Bloody Truth is a theatrical retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic novel. It will expose that the events recorded in 1897 were not fiction at all…. but fact. This brand new comedy theatre show will take audiences on a journey across Europe from the dark and sinister Transylvanian mountains to the awkwardly charming seaside town of Whitby and into the world of the supernatural, educating us all on the perils of dealing with vampires.
Set shortly after 1897 audiences will be introduced to Professor Abraham Van Helsing educating the world on the actual events of Dracula through his first ever theatre tour which he himself has produced and is in fact…starring in.
Professor Van Helsing and the three actors he has commissioned will present this ‘true story’ through the mediums of song, dance, soliloquy, shadow puppets and even some Victorian parlour tricks that will always go exactly as planned…supposedly.
Directed by John Nicholson (Peepolykus) ‘Dracula: The Bloody Truth’ promises to have the vampires back in the ground and leave the audience flying high.
Al Dunn from Le Navet Bete says
“We are thrilled to be bringing our newest and most ambitious touring show to date, to the Athenaeum in Plymouth. The scale of this production is in need of a bigger space, and we are delighted to be producing with our partners Barbican Theatre, yet in the Athenaeum. With this increase in scale we can reach more of the Plymouth audience of whom we have such a close relationship with already. The Athenaeum itself will suit this show perfectly, it has a certain quality that really fits the world we are creating…or Professor Van Helsing is creating I should say! We can’t wait to unleash the show next Spring.”
There will be a total of 10 performances of Dracula: The Bloody Truth at The Plymouth Athenaeum between Thursday 6 April and Saturday 15 April (seven evening and three matinees – age guidance 8+). To purchase tickets, please click here to visit The Barbican Theatre website.
- 6th April, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
- 15th April, 2017 @ 12:00 am
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