PUNTERS will be able to sink their teeth into Dracula at a city centre pub.
A comedy play based on the classic horror story will be performed at the Isis, in Silksworth Row, ahead of a show at the Whitby Goth Festival.
The director of Dracula: Die Laughing hopes three performances at the Camra award-winning pub will fine-tune the show before it hits the big stage.
The weekend festival in Whitby, which is held every April and October, attracts around 12,000 people from across the world.
Ed Waugh, who penned the play, which opens on Wearside on Halloween, said: “My mate went to the Whitby Goth Festival last year and he never stopped talking about it.
“So I agreed to go with him next year but I felt if we were going, it should be with a play. Everyone knows about Dracula being a vampire, and how it was at Whitby that he first came ashore.
“I felt we could have great fun with Dracula being a bit past his best and, being pursued by vampire hunters, takes refuge at the Whitby Goth Festival.
“We spoke to the organisers and they want to include us in the official programme alongside the bands, so we are delighted to be an integral part of the event next April.”
Director Gareth Hunter, of Ion Productions, says Wearside audiences are in for a Transylvanian treat.
“The script is hilarious,” he said. “The show will include audience interaction and we initially want to run it at intimate venues in preparation for the Whitby event and a regional tour next year.
“This is Dracula as never seen before. People will actually feel sympathy for the poor old soul.”
He added: “People are welcome to come in Gothic costume, especially for Halloween on the 31st.”
l Dracula will be performed at the Isis on October 31, November 1 and 2. Tickets cost £8 and £5 and are available from the venues or via the Dracula: Die Laughing Facebook site.
The show is suitable for anyone aged 14 and over.