It’s bite night at Buxton Opera House

Jonathan Goddard as Dracula. Photo by Colin Hawkins.
Jonathan Goddard as Dracula. Photo by Colin Hawkins.

Renowned Mark Bruce Dance Company gets its teeth into a Bram Stoker classic with their critically-acclaimed reimagining of Dracula, which hits the Buxton Opera House stage next month.

Jonathan Goddard plays the infamous vampire count whose sinister and ruthless ambitions challenge the very fabric of Victorian society. As his victims and opponents rally against him they must face the darkness and savagery within themselves.

“Bram Stoker’s story has an elusive magic,” explained director, choreographer and artistic director Mark Bruce.

“I think Dracula opens our imagination and dreams; its flaws, or simple omissions, cause us to put ourselves inside the story.

“The fact that it is not a retrospective historical novel also adds to its feeling of authenticity; it’s very much a product of its time, fascinated in what was prevalent in Victorian society such as the emergence of science and its effect on religion; foreign travel; people’s fears and inhibitions; social taboos; the development of women’s roles...and much more.”

The darkly thrilling dance-theatre production has already played out to capacity audiences around the country - including a four-week sellout run at London’s glorious Victorian venue, Wilton’s Music Hall, last year.

Bruce said: “It’s great to be going on the road with Dracula again and I’m delighted to be responding to overwhelming public demand so that we can visit lots of venues around the country that we didn’t have chance to visit last year.

“We’ve got a really strong cast which includes most of the original members, and I’m very much looking forward to sharing it with new audiences.”

The company of ten exceptional dancers bring the haunting, erotic tale to life with an eclectic array of music seamlessly mixed from Bach and Mozart to Ligeti and Fred Frith.

Bruce also explores choreographic styles ranging from the subtlety of classical etiquette to eye-popping contemporary dance, all combining to make a ‘breakthrough’ piece.

Dracula will be performed at Buxton Opera House on Tuesday October 7, at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £14 and £16, are available from the box office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

There will be a free Q&A with members of the cast in the opera house stalls after the show.