Dracula to play at the Little Shubert Theatre from mid-Dec

The Artists Theatre Group, Inc. will present Dracula by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, based on the novel by Bram Stoker, beginning performances in mid-Dec at the Little Shubert Theatre. Paul Alexander will direct.

Based on the world-famous novel by Bram Stoker, Dracula is the classic Gothic drama about the power of seduction and the nature of true love. When the mysterious Count Dracula takes an interest in the beautiful, young Lucy who suffers from horrific dreams and a strange illness, he arouses the suspicions of her fianc� Jonathan Harker and Professor Abraham van Helsing. Following a series of grisly murders and unexplained occurrences, the men fear Dracula may be one of the undead that prowls the darkness and preys upon innocent souls.

Adapted by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, Dracula premiered in New York in 1927, starring Bela Lugosi. Dracula was last seen on Broadway in 1977, starring Frank Langella. Winning two Tony Awards, including Best Revival, the production ran for more than 900 performances and inspired the 1979 film adaptation featuring Langella, Sir Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasance.

Bram Stoker's horror novel Dracula, which itself is based on European folklore, has been an international phenomenon since it was first published in 1897. The novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for numerous stage, film and TV interpretations, including the modern-day vampires of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' series, and L.J. Smith's 'The Vampire Diaries.'

Cast, creative team, performance schedule and ticket information for Dracula are to be announced.

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