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Dracula (Deane and Balderston)

Dracula (Deane and Balderston)
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Bram Stoker
Adapted by: Hamilton Deane,John L. Balderston
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 120
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0573608229
ISBN-13: 9780573608223
Cast Size: 2 women, 6 men

About the Play:

Dracula is a full-length drama revised for Broadway by John L. Balderston from a British stage play written by Hamilton Deane. This is the first authorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel about a charming Transylvanian count who is really a vampire out to seduce women for their blood.

Dracula is one of the great mystery thrillers and is generally considered among the best of its kind. Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanitorium, has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, a specialist, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, a sort of ghost that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is at last found to be a certain Count Dracula, whose ghost is at last laid to rest in a striking and novel manner. The play is intended for all who love thrills in the theater, and is appropriate for all groups.

Dracula premiered in 1927 on Broadway at the Fulton Theatre in New York City with Bela Lugosi in the title role. Lugosi famously repeated his performance in the 1931 film. To coincide with the film, a Broadway revival of Dracula was staged in 1931 at the Royale Theatre. An enormously successful Tony-winning revival of this classic opened on Broadway in 1977 fifty years after the original production.

Cast: 2 women, 6 men

What people say:

"Pure escape and great fun." — New York Post

"An evening of high class fun." — Newsweek

About the Playwright:

John L. Balderston (1889-1954) was an American playwright and screenwriter best known for his horror and fantasy scripts. In 1927, after a career as a journalist during World War I, he revised Hamilton Deane's stage adaptation of Dracula for its U.S. production. The 1931 film version of Dracula launched his screenwriting career. In addition to Dracula, he adapted many novels for the screen, including Gone with the Wind and Gaslight, which earned him an Academy Award nomination.