Dracula (1977 play)
|Written by||Hamilton Deane
John L. Balderston
Abraham Van Helsing
R. M. Renfield
|Date premiered||20 October, 1977|
|Place premiered||Martin Beck Theatre|
|Setting||Purley, England. The 1920s.|
Dracula is a 1977 Broadway play originally written by Hamilton Deane from the novel of the same name by Bram Stoker. Later revisions to the play were made by John L. Balderston, for the original 1927 Broadway production.
A charming Transylvanian count named Dracula, who is a vampire, goes out to seduce women for their blood.
The 1977 revival was directed by Dennis Rosa, with sets and costumes by the renowned Edward Gorey. The play opened on October 20, 1977 at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York City, and closed on January 6, 1980 after 925 performances.
The original cast included Frank Langella as Count Dracula (later replaced by Raul Julia), Alan Coates as Jonathan Harker, Jerome Dempsey as Abraham Van Helsing, Dillon Evans as Dr. Seward, Baxter Harris as Butterworth, Richard Kavanaugh as R. M. Renfield, Gretchen Oehler as Miss Wells, and Ann Sachs as Lucy Seward.
The play was produced by Jumancyn Theaters (under the direction of Richard G. Wolff, President), Elizabeth Ireland McCann, John Wulp, Victor Lurie, Nellie Nugent and Max Weitzenhoffer. Dracula was originally conceived and produced by the Nantucket Stage Company by John Wulp.
- Botto, Louis. At This Theatre: 100 Years of Broadway Shows, Stories and Stars Playbill, Inc., 2002