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Mercury Theatre: Dracula

West End and Edinburgh Fringe sensations The Fitzrovia Radio Hour will return to the Mercury Theatre Colchester this October in a co-production of Dracula – as you’ve never heard it before!

Clutch your crucifix and grasp your garlic as you are invited to take the role of the studio audience whilst Fitzrovia recreate the glamour of a 1930s BBC radio play live on stage.

draculaWith horror and hilarity in equal measure, and backed by a host of bizarrely created sound effects using everyday household objects including staplers, hairdryers and the ever faithful cabbage, Fitzrovia bring their own unique style of vintage comedy to this classic horror. Audiences get a glimpse into what it was like to make a radio production in the 1930s, not only with the on-air action, but with the off-mic clashes of the performers. Think you know the story of Dracula? Think again!
Directed by Cal McCrystal, the man responsible for the hilarious physical comedy of James Corden in the National Theatre’s hit One Man, Two Guvnors, and Physical Comedy Consultant on the Columbia Pictures movie The Amazing Spiderman 2, this production of Dracula promises to be truly unique.

Cal said:
“Dracula is such a classic story that everybody feels they know it, but it’s also perfect to be subverted into something comic. We are making it as scary as it should be, but very funny at the same time. We’ll give audiences a glimpse into what it was like to make a radio production in the 1930s, whilst taking the liberties we need to get a laugh.”

dracula02He added:
“We have an amazing cast for this show; The Fitzrovia Radio Hour are fantastic at what they do and when you team them up with Joanna Wake, a veteran of radio plays, and David Benson from One Man, Two Guvnors, you have comedy gold.”

Starring alongside Joanna and David will be Fitzrovians Jon Edgley Bond, Tom Mallaburn, Fiona Sheehan and Dan Starkey. Dan is most notably known for his role as Strax in the BBC series Doctor Who.

Dracula will play at the Mercury Theatre from Thursday 30 October until Saturday 15 November. Tickets start at £10.
Call 01206 573948 or visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk for more information, performance times, and to book tickets.

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