Dracula, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – review – Reviews – Theatre & Dance – The Independent

Dracula

Raw sexual energy, and society’s need to curb its wilder excrescences, are themes which bubble constantly just below the surface in the myth of the vampire. But in Liz Lochhead’s feminist Dracula the sexual politics implicit in the original become explicit and are held up for scrutiny.

via Dracula, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – review – Reviews – Theatre & Dance – The Independent.

Gothic tale told in Nevermore – Vernon Morning Star

While Edgar Allan Poe is widely considered to be a literary genius and his works are still read today, the details of his life are shrouded in mystery.

“The line between fact and fiction, dreams and reality, life and death has always been blurry in the work of Poe. This was also the case in his life,” said writer, director and composer Jonathan Christenson, who as artistic director with Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre is bringing  Poe’s life and words to the stage in the award-winning production, Nevermore: The Imaginary Life And Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe.

via Gothic tale told in Nevermore – Vernon Morning Star.

Matthew Bourne Bites Into ‘Sleeping Beauty’ – WSJ.com

First shown in London this past December, "Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance," now at City Center here, is a brisk staging that features sundry, savvy references to the ballet traditions established by Peter Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa when their "Sleeping Beauty" was first shown in 1890 St. Petersburg. Mr. Bourne’s vivid update is a prime example of the imagination and originality that have marked the British-born choreographer’s "dance productions"—as he chooses to call them—since the first one in 1987.

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