Monday, October 13, 2014

Octobwr 2014 -Dracula comes to Custom House, Canning Town & Beckton Libraries !

One of the dimensions where Romania sometimes suffers from British fantasies and mis-information is the Victorian melodrama by Bram Stoker of "Dracula", which was fictionally linked to Transylvania and extremely loosely based on your medieval warrior king Vlad. So "Dracula" and Gothic melodrama is ever associated with Romania by many British.

In order for you and your families to see for yourselves an example of a modern British theatrical interpretation of "Dracula" which seems to be considered as appropriate for the upcoming Haloween period, I attach details of performances that are being put on in three Newham Libraries ( see attached and below ) during the week before and during half-term coming up.

Let me know if you might be interested in attending with your families and whether you have a firm preference for one date/ venue in particular. As there are not lots of tickets for each performance being held in Libraries, it is probably necessary to book immediately.

In the meantime, I am trying to find out if there are any references to King Vlad, Transylvania or Romania in the play. If so, it might be justified for you to turn up in national dress and throw eggs and tomatoes at the actors in our Shakespearian tradition.

Kind regards,    Martin 

Martin Pinder, Hon. Secretary, Newham Partnership for Complementary Education, Mansfield House, 30 Avenons Road, Plaistow, London E13 8HT Mobile 07951 815621                                                                                                                                   

Subject: Dracula comes to Custom House and Canning Town Library!
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:11:56 +0000



by Bram Stoker

adapted and directed by Kate McGregor



Theatre6 and Open Book proudly present the greatest vampire story ever told; Dracula. This theatrical tour is a new adaptation of the classic Gothic tale of Dracula, in an immersive, site-specific production that remains true to Stoker's terrifying masterpiece. An ensemble cast uses inventive performance and original music to create a haunting theatrical production that will transform some of London's most beautiful libraries this Halloween.


Dracula; the greatest vampire story ever told.


London. 2014. The local council has called a general meeting at the library to address the disappearance of animals and children from the area. As events unfold, local man Jack unveils a collection of letters that may help solve this mystery.  And so begins the terrifying story of Dracula. Dark, twisted and timeless, experience Dracula like never before this Halloween.


Adapted by Kate McGregor, this honest adaptation uses the original story and interweaves a modern tale through the classic Bram Stoker text. It is a scary and inventive piece suitable for adults and young audiences but not for the faint of heart.


Running time: 2hours and 20minutes with an interval

Adult themes and content. Contains scenes of a violent nature

Recommended age 12+

Concession ticket prices available



Box Office Information


Tickets £10/£8 concessions

Online Booking


Wednesday 22nd October, 6.30pm

Canning Town Library

Barking Rd, London E16 4HQ


Tuesday 28th October, 6.30pm

Custom House Library

Prince Regent Ln, London E16 3JJ


Wednesday 29th October, 7pm

Beckton Library

1 Kingsford Way, London E6 5JQ


See the entire tour online at: and




Leila Nicholas I Community Neighbourhood Senior Officer I Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood

Strategic Commissioning & Community Directorate

London Borough of Newham

Newham Dockside I 1000 Dockside Road I London I E16 2QU

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