A classic gothic story is being brought to life at a Winchester theatre later this month.

Bram Stoker's gothic novel, Dracula, is coming to Winchester's Chesil Theatre in a modern adaption by poet and playwright Liz Lochhead.

The story is set at the close of the nineteenth century and a freak storm brings more than bad weather to the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby.

The most famous vampire of them all, Count Dracula, has arrived. His interest immediately alights on the Westerman sisters, enjoying a quiet holiday.

Mina, an intelligent young woman, engaged to be married, conforms to the requirements of Victorian society but Lucy, the younger, is altogether different.

Vivacious and bold, she strains at the leash, pushing barriers dangerously wide. Dracula is sophisticated and charming. Will Lucy be tempted to invite him in?

There is only one experienced vampire slayer who might intervene, Professor Van Helsing, and he is determined to pursue the cause to its end.

Dracula is running at the Chesil Theatre from November 20-27, with a matinee on November 21 at 2.30pm. Tickets are now available from www.chesiltheatre.org.uk.