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Moor dark deeds ; Try a taste of Dracula, but bring the garlic

August 28, 2013


POP A clove of garlic in your pocket ... the forces of darkness are gathering around you in the moorland dusk at Cornwall's unique open-air theatre.

On a soft summer's evening, the covered amphitheatre at Sterts, at Upton Cross between Liskeard and Launceston, provides a perfect setting for malevolent chills, erotic thrills and spine-tingling fear. They're the essential ingredients of Heartbreak Productions' new adaptation of Dracula.

Firmly based on Bram Stoker's seminal novel, the play follows Dr Van Helsing and his friends as they try to save Lucy from the evil advances of the vampire Count ... a true theatre thriller for a summer's night. Starring Newquay born actor Nigel Billing in the leading role Dracula invades Sterts on Friday (7.30pm).

A very different but equally classic story is told at Sterts by the highly acclaimed and much-loved company Illyria, whose The Twits was one of the highlights of 2012 at Sterts. This summer they perform that great Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Mikado.

With Illyria at the helm you can guarantee a fresh and energetic revival that makes abundantly clear how very relevant this 19th- century comic opera parody of British politics, institutions and public life is to 21stcentury audiences!

The Mikado can be seen and heard on Wednesday, August 28 (7.30pm).

Other highlights of Summer 2013 at Sterts include top TV comedian Ed Byrne and four new productions for the Cornish stage. Sterts' own Theatre Company presents the heartwarming comedy drama Calendar Girls, Arthur Miller's classic tale of the Salem witch trials, The Crucible, the family favourite musical The Sound of Music and a special youth production of the schools edition of the international super-hit Les Miserables.

Sterts is an arts and environmental charity that each year stages an eclectic mix of professional and its own amateur repertory theatre. During 2012 nearly 13,000 showgoers enjoyed the Sterts experience. All the takings are ploughed back into the arts in Cornwall through Sterts' mission of making access to the arts available to all.

There's lots more information available on, and the theatre can be contacted on 01579 362382.

For any queries, contact Sterts on 01579 362382 or .

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