Thursday, 10 Oct
Thu 10 Oct - Sat 12 Oct
Venue York Medical Society - 23 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AW, York Medical Society
Henry Irving is dead.
Queen Victoria knighted him. Oscar Wilde applauded him. Shakespeare lived through him. And some whisper that Bram Stoker immortalised him – by writing the horror classic Dracula.
But Henry Irving is dead now. And Dracula is very much alive. A state of affairs that Irving will not accept.
Join Irving’s restless spirit as he tells the story of how he transformed himself from a stuttering, spindly country boy into the most formidable actor of the nineteenth century. It is a story of a man who petrified London with his Gothic portrayals of mad monarchs, guilt-stricken murderers and the devil himself. It is a story of the ever-present threat of scandal and ruin, of obsessive artistic devotion, of doomed love. A story of a man who could never escape his monsters – even in death.
Come and witness James Swanton – winner of Outstanding Performing Artist in the York Culture Awards – in this bravura resurrection of the strangest actor who ever lived.
'A compelling physical presence'Michael Billington, The Guardian
'Superb … It couldn't have been more vivid!'Miriam Margolyes
'Startling and enthralling … A remarkable performer'Simon Callow