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A gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker, published in 1897.

It has been adapted to all forms of literature, performance and art over the years, including numerous films.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula_in_popular_culture

The play

The first theatrical adaptation was done by Bram Stoker himself, for performance at the Lyceum Theatre where Stoker worked between 1878 and 1898. It was performed under the title Dracula, or The Undead. This had only one performance, shortly before the novel's publication in 1897. Most other productions have been adaptations of the novel.

Performance history in South Africa

Versions of the original

Translated into Afrikaans by professor Henning of Stellenbosch and produced under the title Dracula by James Norval in 1934 and again in 1937.

Adapted and produced by Robert Mohr for CAPAB, 1976. Published by NAS Bib.

South African pastiches and original vampire plays

(See also the entries for the various titles)

1960s: Die Vampier by Charles Fryer, a student version performed by students of the University of Stellenbosch

1975: Dracula, a The Space (Cape Town) production, an own version of the story, devised by the cast under the direction of Brian Astbury. The cast was Bill Curry, Biddy Edelberg, Andrea Fine, Blaise Koch and Maralin Vanrenen.




The Forum, 5(1), 1942. p 18.

Programme for Vampier, 1994.


Erika Terblanche: Charles Fryer (1946-2014), LitNet Skrywersalbum[1]

Astbury 1979.

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