Guisborough Theatre Company produced an entertaining version of the Count Dracula legend at St Nicholas Church Hall this weekend.

Over three nights, the group staged a tongue-in-cheek version of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror story.

Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors, written by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen, is a jocular version, with a spoof of Bram Stoker’s bloodcurdling novel, that replaced horror with humour, with a pumped-up, preening vampire, who was suffering an eternal-life crisis.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dracula (Jacob Ditchburn) and Jonathan Harker (Ralph Booth) on stage at the Church Hall

The play opened with Ralph Booth playing Jonathan Harker, a solicitor and estate agent on his way to Transylvania, where he meets Count Dracula, played by Jacob Ditchburn, well-suited to the role, standing at over six feet tall. Ralph Booth also played the part of the sea captain of the doomed ship that brought Dracula to Whitby.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The cast of Dracula

The play moved on to the voyage and Dracula’s arrival and Whitby. After the interval the scene moved to the inevitable graveyard and Withering Manor for the finish. Sarah Baker played the part of Dr Van Helsing, an integral part, as a German vampire hunting doctor.

The cast included 18 characters, all of whom played their part in an unusual rendition of an old classic.