Horror lovers rejoice! This Halloween season, the century-old tale of Dracula will be brought to life in the stage show “Dracula: Blood is Life”, with local singer Narelle Kheng from The Sam Willows as Lucy Westenra.
Produced by UK theatre company Ewing Entertainment, the 2-hour show premiered in Bangkok in February 2016 where it had a successful three-week run.
This adaptation is based on the script by U.S. playwright Steven Dietz. It has been praised for being a relatively faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel which celebrates its 120th year of publication next year.
Catch familiar faces in the show
In the Singapore run, Narelle Kheng plays Lucy, the best friend of leading female character Mina. Lucy becomes the victim of Dracula and was turned into a vampire herself.
The role of Dracula is played by British actor Keith-Lee Castle who has previously played the same character in a different adaptation. Castle was Count Dracula in a CBBC production (the children’s TV channel of the BBC) Young Dracula for five seasons from 2006 to 2014. He must have mastered the mannerisms of the Count throughout the years.
Who’s who behind the scenes
You can expect elements of illusion, innovative choreography, a spectacular set, impressive lighting and a brooding underscore.
The show is directed by Joe Harmston, who has directed over 20 Agatha Christie theatre productions seen by over 2 million people in the U.K..
Stage design is by veteran theatre designer, Sean Cavanagh, whose work includes Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat while lighting is by Knight Of Illumination Award winner Ben Cracknell who worked on the London Olympic Ceremonies 2012.
Together, they bring to life the different scenes in Transylvania and 1800s England effortlessly.
Before we catch the show live in Singapore, let’s satisfy our curiosity with photos from the Bangkok run:
Come watch Dracula: Blood is Life and see how the tale of the Count still lives after all these years.
Standard: $126, $103.50, $81, $36
Standard / Gala Performance: