Dracula opened at Queensland Performing Arts Centre last week and the season runs until September 5.
Dracula opened at Queensland Performing Arts Centre last week and the season runs until September 5.

Extra performances of gothic masterpiece

SHAKE & Stir Theatre Company is coffin up extra performances and extending its season of Bram Stoker's gothic masterpiece, Dracula.

Created and adapted by one of Australia's leading contemporary theatre companies, this gripping world premiere of Stoker's 1897 horror-classic vows to be every bit as tortured and charismatic as the novel.

Dracula tells the story of young lawyer Jonathan Harker as he visits Castle Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains.

Alone and trapped within the castle walls, Jonathan discovers that his host, Dracula, wants more than just his presence at the dinner table - he might also be the main course.

Leaving Jonathan for dead and his castle behind, Dracula travels to London on a quest for seduction, true love and, above all, blood.

Directed by the award-winning Michael Futcher, and adapted by Shake & Stir's artistic directors Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij, this twisted tale features a stellar cast, including Ross Balbuziente, Tim Dashwood(Animal Farm), Ashlee Lollback (INXS Never Tear Us Apart, Pale Blue Dot), and David Whitney (1984, Rock of Ages, Cyrano De Bergerac).

Co-adaptor Nick Skubij said vampires were enjoying a resurgence in pop culture that was hard to kill.

"Vampire fiction just won't die, it is un-dead," he said.

"Enjoying a major resurrection with the wildly popular Twilight motion pictures, television series True Blood, The Originals and The Vampire Diaries, there is no doubt that audiences today are as intrigued to all things macabre as their nineteenth century counterparts.

"We look forward to plunging into the darkest recesses of our imagination and are excited about experimenting with some ultra-theatricality to achieve the mind-boggling, head-twisting, blood-spurting moments so vividly described in the novel."

In their fifth year co-presenting with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Shake & Stir invite you to sink your teeth into another bloody classic.

At the Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, (QPAC) until September 5, and includes a special one-off midnight performance.