Dracula Returns to Whitby

August 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , )

Christopher Hinton-Lewis and Martha Leebolt, photo by Lisa Stonehouse

Christopher Hinton-Lewis and Martha Leebolt, photo by Lisa Stonehouse

Count Dracula made a dramatic return to Whitby Abbey yesterday during a special photo-shoot organised by Northern Ballet Theatre and English Heritage.

Christopher Hinton-Lewis as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina at Whitby Abbey. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

Christopher Hinton-Lewis as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina at Whitby Abbey. Photo: Lisa Stonehouse

NBT premier dancers Christopher Hinton-Lewis and Martha Leebolt, dressed as their characters Count Dracula and Mina, visited Whitby Abbey to explore the place where Dracula first set foot in England.

NBT was offered the rare opportunity to shoot at Whitby Abbey thanks to English Heritage. Nicola Bexon, marketing manager for English Heritage, said:

“We’re celebrating all aspects of Whitby Abbey’s history this year, and NBT’s production of Dracula fits perfectly with our autumnal exploration of the Victorian fascination with the Gothic. Having dancers from one of the UK’s best dance companies bring two gothic icons ‘alive’ at the site is the perfect precursor to our Days and Nights of Victorian Gothic in October!”

To learn more visit the English Heritage website.

Chris and Martha took inspiration from their visit to Whitby for their preperations for their roles in Dracula which returns to the NBT repertoire from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 September only at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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