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Event Description

Original Play Explores Bram Stoker’s Gothic Goings-on in Victorian Theatre
A fascinating original play exploring the career of Dracula author, Bram Stoker and his vital role at the height of late-Victorian theatre is due to open in Stratford-upon-Avon this May. The series of free performances will be held at the Shakespeare Centre thanks to support from Arts Council England (ACE).

Playwright Jefny Ashcroft’s Bram and the Guv’nor is a free, professional play written using archive materials from the RSC collections held by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Before and after the show audiences will be given a unique opportunity to view an accompanying exhibition of the archive materials that inspired it.

Bram and the Guv’nor

London, 1897: Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, the greatest Shakespearian actors of their age, working with their Business Manager, Bram Stoker, fill the Lyceum Theatre every night. But, unbeknown to them, Bram is also writing a strange new book: Dracula. On the day the novel is published the imaginary Count enters their lives to stir up conflict and passion and threaten their very friendship.

Don’t Miss This is an exciting chance to discover what an archive can offer by getting a glimpse into a late Victorian world, full of the Gothic literature, art and philosophy that produced an internationally-famous classic.

This event is taking place at the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW. Performance times and dates are:

15th May – 1pm

16th May – 6:30pm

17th and 20th May – 1pm

The hour-long performances are free and visitors can subsequently view some of the fascinating archive materials which inspire the play’s storyline. Free tickets available to reserve on a first come first served basis at www.shakespeare.org.uk. Not suitable for under 16s