An Excuse To Drink – May 18, 1897: Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” Perfomed on Stage

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On this date in 1897, Irish author Bram Stoker presented Dracula to a small audience at the Lyceum Theatre. A week later,  his novel featuring the vampire antagonist Count Dracula, was first published as a hardcover by Archibald Constable and Co.

Apparently, Stoker wanted to secure the dramatic rights to his characters and hastily assembled a script from cut up sections from two of his pre-publication copies of the novel. He added stage direction and transitional items where needed. By most accounts, the performance was “perfectly awful” and garnered only two paying customers.

Bat Bite

Recipe adapted from Difford’s Guide

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 1 oz Crème de frambois liqueur (ie: Chambord)
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • ½ oz Freshly squeezed lime juice

Glass: Collins

Garnish: lime wedge

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled Collins glass. Garnish


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