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Spring Production 2016 - "Dracula"

Script adapted by William McNulty, originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane, from Bram Stoker's world-famous novel

The Cast:

Count Dracula: Luca Manganelli

Abram Van Helsing: Richard Brown

Thomas Seward: John Hyland

Renfield: Melissa Magarici

Margaret Sullivan: Beatrix Castellote-Iselin

Norbert Briggs: Hansueli Müller

Lucy Westphal: Georgia Byrne

Jonathan Harker: Saurabh Sinha

Monster: Alice Ginger Zagato

Mina Grant: Janine Jakob

The Brides: Barbara Bekalska, Emily Kay, Fiona Müller

The Child: Viola Arcuri

The Second Child: Marilu’ Cirillo

Other Vampires/Lunatics: Caroline Hackett, Ioana Luciu, Chloe Bernard and Morgan Limbaugh

Director: Luca Manganelli:

"I wanted to create a horror atmosphere but with a strong visual impact: aesthetically rich and striking, where horror and beauty combine."

Producer: Sue Newstead


Professor Van Helsing and his brave comrades must hunt down and destroy the profoundly evil Count Dracula.  But the Count is exceedingly resourceful, employing superhuman strength, psychic powers, and shape-changing to confound and frustrate his antagonists.  Many dreadful things happen in this story: a young man drives a stake through the heart of his beloved; a woman begins to lose her true self and descend into bestiality; yet another woman’s mind is completely destroyed and she becomes a helpless slave.  Culminating in a wild and shocking confrontation between the King of Vampires and those who would rid the world of him, this adaptation is an action-packed, blood-soaked retelling of Bram Stoker's classic tale of horror.  In this version there is nothing romantic about Dracula; he is a vicious and unscrupulous monster who thrives on the blood of his victims and on their suffering.  This is a confrontation between Good and Evil that will be as wild and bloody as in the best horror tradition.

Venue: Rampe Theater, Byfangweg 6, Basel

10/11/17/18/24/25 June 2016

 You can view the programme here        You can view the stage and set designs here 



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