PREVIEW: Dracula: Ed Waugh’s Die Laughing, Westovian Theatre and Whitby Goth Weekend

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A NORTH East comedy will make history when it becomes the first-ever play to be performed at the Whitby Goth Weekend on April 26 and 27.

But local theatre-goers will be able to see the show first when it is performed at the Westovian Theatre in South Shields on April 22 and 23.

Dracula: Die Laughing, will be part of the annual Goth festival that has been running since 1994 and attracts upwards of 12,000 people. Dracula: Die Laughing, written by Ed Waugh, co-writer of hit comedies Dirty Dusting, Waiting for Gateaux and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To Durham, is a spoof about Dracula being pursued by vampire hunters and hiding out at the Whitby Goth Weekend.

The show played small venues in a pre-run last autumn, attracting sell-out audiences in Durham and Sunderland.

Producer and director Gareth Hunter of Ion Productions said: “Anyone looking for a good laugh shouldn’t miss this show. It’s hilarious; Dracula like you’ve never seen him. We are delighted to have been invited to the Whitby Goth Weekend as an official part of the prestigious event.”

The cast is South Shields-based Paul Dunn and Craig Richardson and Sunderland-based Corinne Kilvington and Lauren Waine.

Dracula: Die Laughing will be performed at the theatre on the two nights at 7.30pm.

For further information, visit Dracula Die: Laughing Facebook events

Tickets for the South Shields show cost £8, from the Tourist Information Centre in Haven Point or book them via 07751246176.