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Dracula, or the Undead

By Bram Stoker

On the eve of the publication of his greatest novel, Dracula, in an attempt to thwart “play pirates”, Bram Stoker cobbled together a stage adaptation. Partially handwritten, and partially cut and pasted excerpts from proof copies this play was read once in 1897 at the Lyceum Theatre in London strictly for copyright purposes.

Page from Dracula Play

Prior to 1968 all plays intended for public performance were require to be submitted to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office for approval and licensing. If not for this requirement this play may have been lost to time, but a single original copy remains housed in the Lord Chamberlain’s Collection of Plays at the British Library.

It was read again on May 18, 1997 for its centenary at the Spaniards Inn in Hampstead

Dracula a play and prologue in five acts


Count DraculaMr. Jones (T Arthur Jones)
Jonathan HarkerMr H Passmore (Herbert Passmore)
John Seward, MDMr K Rivington (Ken Rivington)
Professor Van Helsing Mr T Reynolds (Tom Reynolds
Quincey P MorrisMr Widdecombe (Wallace Widdecombe
Hon Arthur HolmwoodMr Innes (Herbert Innes)
RM RenfieldMr Howard (E Eardley Howard)
Captain SwalesMr Gurney (Henry Gurney)
CoastguardMr Simpson
Attendant at AsylumMr Porter
Mrs Westenra**Miss Gurney (Kate Gurney) or Miss Yeolande (Ida or E Yeolande)
Lucy WestenraMiss Foster (Mary Foster)
Mina MurrayMiss Craig (Edith Craig)
Servant** Miss Conford or Miss Holland (May Holland)
Vampire WomanMrs Daly

*The playbill lists the actors simply as Mr, Miss, or Mrs. Researchers have since deduced who most of the players likely were.

**Two versions of the playbill exist listing different actors for the roles of Mrs Westenra and Servant. It is unknown which list is accurate.

Lyceum Dracula Program

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