Love Bites: Northern Ballet Theatre brings Dracula back to Leeds

July 1, 2009 at 10:41 am (General Information)

Dracula is at the West Yorkshire Playhouse 10-19 September, 2009

Dracula is at the West Yorkshire Playhouse 10-19 September, 2009

Imagine a world where you can only go out after dark, where you feel a constant hunger for human blood and where, for all eternity, you will appear young and beautiful. Welcome to the world of Dracula.

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) will resurrect its much-loved production of Dracula only in its home city. The production will be performed at Leeds’ West Yorkshire Playhouse, from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 September 2009. Created by NBT’s Artistic Director David Nixon, Dracula premièred in the UK in 2005 at the same venue.
Dracula reveals the tormented world of the immortal Count: a creature who should inspire repulsion in every living thing, but who has seduced countless generations, Dracula is possessed with a mesmerising sensuality which fascinates us all.

Images and scenes from Bram Stoker’s legendary novel are re-told in sensuous and sinister dance and theatre; from Jonathan Harker’s arrival at the Count’s castle to Dracula’s seduction of Harker’s wife Mina.

David explains: “I would be foolish to think that I could retell Bram Stoker’s novel in complete detail in dance. My ballet represents those images, ideas and thoughts that left their mark on me most strongly.

“Dracula is usually viewed as an evil, preying character, but he knows love and will act upon it. I felt it was important for audiences to see him as a victim – all creatures need to be loved and Dracula is no exception. The love he shares with Mina transcends the boundaries of good and evil.”

With direction, choreography and costume designs by David Nixon, and set designs by Ali Allen who visited Romania for inspiration, Dracula brings the Gothic style of Victorian England and the medieval world of Transylvania to life. Music by Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Michael Daugherty and Sergei Rachmaninov completes this dramatic tale of love, sensuality and immortality.


  • Venue: The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP
  • Dates: Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 September 2009
  • Performances: Evenings – 7.30pm (no Sunday performance), Matinees: Sat 12 and Sat 19
    Sept, 2pm
  • Tickets: £17, £22, £27 (Discounts and concessions available)
  • Box Office: 0113 213 7700 [Book]


Learn more about the production and the Company with an exciting series of talks and workshops. Including a pre-performance workshop, open adult workshop, touch tour and audio-described performance there is something for everyone. For further details and to book places please call the box office on 0113 213 7700.

Press resources:

To arrange an interview with one of the cast or creative team, or for production images please contact: Ruth Burke-Kennedy, Media & PR Manager, Northern Ballet Theatre. Tel: 0113 274 5355,  or Jane Verity, Press Officer, West Yorkshire Playhouse. Tel: 0113 213 7272.

PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 10 September, 7.30pm, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.


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