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Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager) stars as Jonathan Harker, with David Suchet (Poirot) as Dracula in Liz Lochhead's powerful BBC radio adaptation of the classic novel by Bram Stoker.

When solicitor Jonathan Harker sets off for Transylvania to sell the mysterious Count Dracula a Gothic mansion, his bride-to-be, Mina, begs him to stay - to no avail. But on arrival at Dracula's castle, deep in a black forest surrounded by wolves, Harker wishes he had listened to his fiancée. The Count is welcoming but unnerving and his castle oppressive. Plagued by nightmares, Harker soon longs to leave.

Back in Whitby, Mina is increasingly worried. She has heard nothing from Jonathan, and now her sister, Lucy - newly engaged to Harker's friend, Dr Seward - is becoming pale and thin. In Seward's lunatic asylum in London, a madman named Renfield babbles about his master, who is coming. And as a midnight storm rages, a black ship heads towards the English coast....

Acclaimed poet and playwright Liz Lochhead's adaptation was first performed onstage in 1985, and this thrilling radio drama was broadcast on the World Service in 2006. Suspenseful, chilling and suffused with dark eroticism, it retains all the eerie dread of Stoker's infamous horror novel.

Duration: 2 hours approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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  • Global
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  • Jessie Q
  • 02/12/2016

It's not the most faithful adaption out there...

What would have made Dracula better?

If you're just interested in hearing David Suchet play Dracula or a young Tom Hiddleston play Jonathan Harker, then you'll probably enjoy this. But if you're looking for a good Dracula adaptation, I'd say give this a pass. It's a heavily abridged adaptation and a lot of the changes suck the life out of the story (pun intended).

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I enjoyed David Suchet as Dracula. He plays the count as barely able to hide his cruelty behind his facade of civility, always a good choice. Hiddleston is a serviceable (though forgettable, yes, I said it) Jonathan Harker. None of the other actors are particularly memorable or compelling in this short drama. But probably what offends me the most about this adaptation is that they decided to cut Quincy Morris. I don't care that he is the most disposable character in this story, they deprived me of a ridiculous Texan accent!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dracula?

It's less what I would cut and more what I would add back in. They cut out Jonathan Harker's emotional trauma from his stay with Dracula, presenting him as perfectly fine after he reunites with Mina halfway through the story. (He even indicates he's down for some sexy times!) This lessens the horror of his stay with Dracula. I also have mixed feelings about Dr. Seward leveling up from rejected suitor to beloved fiancé in this adaptation. It better connects his mental hospital to the greater story, but it also removes some of the internal conflict from the character. However I would cut the maid's subplot... That was weird, am I right?

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for a more faithful radio adaptation of Dracula, I recommend Classic BBC Radio's Dracula with Frederick Jaeger, Phyllis Logan, Bernard Holley and assorted cast. Not only is it more true to the source material, but they actually include Quincy Morris - exaggerated Texan accent and all!

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  • Jonathon Horel
  • 25/07/2017

Putting New Life in Dracula

If you are looking for a version faithful to the original, this is not it. Story elements and characters are cut and changed significantly. This is partly to streamline the story down to an acceptable length for a radio production, but also to enable a change in focus.

The original Dracula is a male-centric story; despite still following the expected conflict, this version shifts the spotlight to the female characters, giving them more backstory, presence, and connection to each other. Sexual, gender, and class anxieties threaded below the surface are made more explicit and explored at the forefront of the drama. Dracula is still a story of Good versus Evil, but the nature of both are suddenly less clear. Evil is more insidiously common, and Good more of a difficult, and occasionally thorny, path to follow.


I really enjoyed this version of Dracula as a short exploration of the story's underside. Seeing a more woman-centric version is uncommon enough to make it interesting, but it is also done well enough to keep my attention focused. There are a few loose threads I wish had been attended to, such as a character introduced into the story and left abruptly hanging, and Dracula himself was hardly fleshed out at all, but the production was still strong. Definitely recommend to fans.

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  • Susan
  • 06/11/2016

An okay adaptation

What did you like best about Dracula? What did you like least?

The best thing about this recording is David Suchet's performance as Dracula! That's really saying something considering I'm a hardcore hiddlestoner! suchet steals every scene he's in. The worst thing about this recording is that it is an adaptation and not the actual Bram Stoker book. It is very severely adapted and abridged.

What could Bram Stoker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing! This is a severely adapted dramatization by somebody else. He didn't write it!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

Could you see Dracula being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, because this is just a very commercialized version of the original book. Except for Suchet's and Hiddleston's performances the story is lifeless.

Any additional comments?

It's okay as a radio adaptation. Just be aware that's what it is!

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  • Leelerson
  • 04/06/2018

So entertaining

So THIS is the original story... it was confusing at first because the are no narrative parts. It's a complete adaptation for radio, so there's only dialogue. After a while, I got used to the characters and it was easier to tell what was going on. The acting was on point! It was thrilling and scary in an old fashioned way that only an old scary story could be. There are full sound effects and music too. I did enjoy it very much!

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  • Fabulous Beast
  • 16/03/2018

Nostalgia Galore

Growing up, Dracula was one of my favorite books. At first when I hit play I was disappointed because this radio adaption does start before the novel does, but I actually ended up enjoying the extra scenes. A few of my favorite bits were shortened or removed altogether but seeing as this was adapted from the stage play I can understand why they had to be cut. Overall I absolutely loved this. Also Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Harker was amazing, I want to see him do it on the stage.

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  • David
  • 10/03/2018

Possibly the worst radio play of all time

I listened to this and rather wished that the Count himself had exsanguinated me before I had bought this tragic farce.

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  • Leanna
  • 29/12/2017

Loved it!

Amazing and vivid, it brought life to this story! I have a new-found appreciation for this tale.

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  • Lowcountry Book Lover
  • 01/11/2017

Disappointing

I love David Suchet and could listen to him read anything. This overdramatized adaptation just wasn’t very good. I was pretty disappointed.

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  • LIZZIE MO
  • 14/10/2017

I LOVED IT!!

I've been wanting to hear this audio for a while especially because I like dracula movies. it was nice to just hear all of their voices and also use my imagination. The British accents always stand out and make the story more mysterious and dramatic. I LOVE TOM HIDDLESTON! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VOICE , SO SATISFYING,SEXY AND SWEET. I WISH THAT THEY WOULD MAKE A MOVIE OUT OF THIS ONE WITH ALL THESE ACTORS AND ACTRESSES. ONE CAN ONLY DREAM.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 18/05/2017

Loved it!! Love Tom Hiddleston ❤

Such a great story!! It's great to be able to listen to it! ❤❤ Great!

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  • nini
  • 04/06/2018

Großartige Sprecher

Wie die meisten Adaptionen dieses Grusel-klassiker nicht sehr nahe am Original. Wenn man aber bereit ist, sich vom liebgewonnenen Roman zu lösen, ist es ein wunderschönes Hörspiel. Die Sprecher sind alle großartig, Tom Hiddlestons unglaublich schöne Stimme alleine ist schon ein Grund, hier reinzuhören. Einzig Mina ist hier als Charakter schwer zu ertragen, nimmt sie doch im Roman so eine zentrale Rolle ein. Die Figur, die eigentlich so viel Güte und Warmherzigkeit besitzen müsste, verkommt hier eher zur Zicke. Nichtsdestotrotz ein wirklich lohnenswertes Hörspiel!

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