Review: Dracula, Botanical Gardens

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The gardens were an excellently atmospheric setting for this version of Bram Stoker’s gothic novel.

The weather added to the mood on Friday. The actors never missed a beat in the thunder and rain.

Heartbreak Productions made imaginative use of minimal props to create different scenes.

The jolly premise for the show was a memorial service for Jonathan Harker (Daniel Wye), a solicitor who innocently helps Dracula to move to Britain and loses his fiancee Lucy (Georgina Periam) to him. His last wish is that his story be told.

All the cast play multiple roles well and switch smoothly between the drama and the comedy of undertakers trying to act out the tale.

Daniel Wye’s cameo as an insect-eating lunatic stood out, as did Nigel Billing’s sinister, seductive Dracula and his nemesis, Van Helsing.

The show felt too long and complicated but it was still entertaining.