ByMatt Rose, writer at Creators.co

Big Finish is thrilled to announce details of a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, starring Mark Gatiss as the Count Dracula...

‘It’s a part I’ve always wanted to play,’ enthuses Mark, ‘and I’ve been rehearsing for forty-eight years. You may be able to tell that in the relish and bloodied glee in which I approach this role!’

Following the success of Big Finish’s dramatisation of Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, writer Jonathan Barnes (The Somnambulist, The Judgement of Sherlock Holmes) and producer/director Scott Handcock (The Confessions of Dorian Gray) have reunited to bring another classic gothic horror to life on audio.

‘We started talking about tackling Dracula not long after finishing work on Frankenstein,’ explains Scott, ‘and I always knew I wanted Mark to be my Count. Thankfully, he didn’t disappoint. From the instant the project was mooted, through to recording and beyond, he’s been nothing short of incredibly enthusiastic. He has such a distinctive voice, and brings a real sense of dread and brooding menace to proceedings.’

Mark is well known for his countless contributions to film and television, co-creating The League of Gentlemen alongside Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, and the unstoppable juggernaut Sherlock alongside Steven Moffat. As a writer, he has contributed to eight television episodes of Doctor Who (including the upcoming Sleep No More), as well as the Big Finish plays Doctor Who: Phantasmagoria and Doctor Who: Invaders from Mars.

Joining Mark for this production are Deirdre Mullins (Man Down, The Frankenstein Chronicles) and Joseph Kloska (Pete Versus Life) as Mina and Jonathan Harker; Nigel Betts (You, Me & Them, Boy Meets Girl) as Abraham Van Helsing; Rupert Young (Merlin, The White Queen) as John Seward; and David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty, Thunderbirds Are Go) as Quincey P. Morris.

Also lending their vocal talents are Alex Jordan as Arthur Holmwood; Rosanna Miles as Lucy Westenra; Ian Hallard as Renfield; Elizabeth Morton as Mary Westenra; Edward Petherbridge as Mr Swales; and Katy Manning as Sister Agatha.

Dracula will be released in May 2016 - 119 years after the story’s original publication - spanning three hours on three CDs, with a bonus fourth CD comprising interviews with the cast and crew, plus a suite of James Dunlop’s score for the production. The four-disc set is available to pre-order now at a discounted price of £20 (CD) or £15 (download).

Trailer is here below for those wanting to listen.

https://soundcloud.com/big-finish/dracula-starring-mark-gatiss-teaser-trailer

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