"Dracula: or the Undead" a full lengt...

"Dracula: or the Undead" a full length script by Bram Stoker

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Russell McGee

United States

#1 Oct 23, 2006
The History of Stoker’s Dracula Script:

This stage version of Dracula was written by Bram Stoker in 1897.

When Bram Stoker finished writing his novel in 1897, he realized that he had a best seller. He also recognized that, without swift action, the value of the book might be diminished by “play pirates.” These were unscrupulous entrepreneurs who cashed in on a book’s success by producing an unauthorized stage version. Stoker therefore needed to secure a separate copyright for the stage, and any play written at the time had to be performed at least once on stage to secure a copyright. Stoker hastily used two proof copies of his book and cut out the passages that he could use then added in hand written dialogue and stage directions where necessary to create his play. The result is a different variation of his classic tale. Only one copy of the script is known to exist. The script only had one performance on May 18, 1897 and a staged reading was produced in 1997. Aside from that this script has never been produced in a full run onstage.

What interested director Russell McGee about this script is how Stoker focused on the human experience of dealing with death and grief. Many films and theatrical adaptations have lost or glossed over this theme and focused on the demonization of Dracula. Stoker built a very complex world that steeps the audience in shades of grief and religious undertones that play on his characters’ sense of morality. There is, for example, a scene where Dr. Seward queries Renfield about the souls of the flies he has eaten. Renfield can not bear the thought of any animals’ souls floating about yet he still desires to feed on life. Tied to the idea of the soul is an instance after Mina has been bitten by Dracula that she pleads with Jonathan to pity Dracula because if Jonathan and company should fail to stop Dracula, she would also then suffer Dracula’s fate.

Performances will be at 7:00pm on October 30, 2006, at the Hilltop Restaurant in Spencer; and at 8:00pm on October 31 and November 1, 6-8, and 13-15, 2006, upstairs at the Irish Lion. Admission to all performances is free, with donations accepted


Dracula: or the Undead - Publicity photos: Please give photo credit to Chris Eller

The following link is an index of low resolution images of the Dracula publicity photos on photographer Chris Eller’s website: http://www.chrisellerphotography.com/order-ga...

Once you have selected the photos from the index, you may download high resolution copies of the photos here: http://www.chrisellerphotography.com/download...

Chris Eller

United States

#2 Dec 6, 2006
Wonderful posting Russell. Just a note, since the newspapers already have the high resolution versions of the promo images, I have since taken them down. The screen resolution images are still available. I'm also working up the production stills from closing night and should have those available shortly.


Sheffield, UK

#3 Jan 14, 2013

I am looking for the stage script. Do you know if its' published anywhere?

Thank you

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