Dracula: A Journey into Darkness

Abbey Theatre

Venue: The Abbey Theatre, 26/27 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

Sunday 29 October at 6.30pm

Tickets: €25/€20 concession (incl booking fee)

Enter the macabre world of Bram Stoker’s Dracula at the Abbey Theatre this Hallowe’en, at a staged reading of the opening chapters to Bram Stoker’s gothic horror masterpiece. Presented by Dublin City Council Bram Stoker Festival, this marks the first time Stoker’s original text, that has captivated audiences for over a century, has been presented on our national stage.  

Dracula: A Journey Into Darkness: A Staged Reading of Dracula Chapters 1 – 4, promises a night filled with suspense and punctuated with terror highlighting the literary brilliance of Stoker’s gothic horror masterpiece. 

The first four chapters, the haunting diaries of Jonathan Harker, will be read live by Andrew Bennett with Barry McGovern as the unseen voice of Dracula. Directed by Joan Sheehy, Dracula: A Journey Into Darkness will draw audiences into “the land of phantoms” in a once-off literary and dramatic experience featuring Suzie Cummins’s lighting and Tom Lane’s soundscape; a collaboration amplifying the unsettling atmosphere and creating a theatrical event dripping with intensity and intrigue.

Dracula’s opening chapters contain many of the novel’s most memorable and dread-filled moments: Jonathan Harker embarks on his treacherous journey to meet Count Dracula, encountering terrified locals along the way who warn him of the malevolent presence that dwells within his destination. After his initial welcome to the Castle, Harker descends deeper into darkness, experiencing a series of alarming visions that hint at the Count’s true horrors and intentions. Soon, finding himself a captive, he bears witness to a savage wolf attack, leaving him with the certain knowledge of his own fate and the urgent necessity to escape the clutches of the diabolical Dracula. As the Count’s coffins are packed for his journey to England, Harker summons his courage and attempts his daring escape…… 

Tickets for this unique experience are on sale from Monday September 25th on the Abbey Theatre website 


Presented by Dublin City Council Bram Stoker Festival 
Directed by Joan Sheehy
Starring Andrew Bennett (reading live the diaries of Jonathan Harker) and Barry McGovern (voicing Dracula)
Soundscape by Tom Lane
Lighting by Suzie Cummins

Note: These chapters contain some descriptions of a violent and disturbing nature.

Age Suitability: 14+, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Duration: 3 hours including a 30 minute interval

Accessibility: The Abbey is wheelchair accessible. There is access to a wheelchair accessible toilet. Neckloop receivers, headsets and stethosets are available – For further info visit Abbey website here.

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