Dracula Returns to Derby

By Visit Derby

Created February 1, 2024

Last updated May 16, 2024

May 2024 - May 2025

In 1924, the iconic theatrical adaptation of Dracula made its world premiere right here in Derby. But when the curtain rose, the monstrous figure from the novel had transformed. Derby's Dracula was no longer a terrifying creature, but a suave and charming figure, donning evening attire and an elegant opera cloak. This depiction became the blueprint for Hollywood's Dracula, captivating audiences worldwide.

As we mark this centenary year, Derby celebrates the diverse incarnations of Dracula, from Bela Lugosi to Blackula. Keep an eye out for an array of events and workshops throughout the city, spanning from 2024 into 2025.

This initiative is part of an AHRC research project led by the University of Derby in collaboration with Derby Museums, Sheffield Hallam University, and Bournemouth University.

Join us in exploring the fascinating evolution of this timeless character! 

Find out about Derby Museums events here. Find out more about Dracula Returns to Derby here

Uni of Derby logo small.jpg Derby Museums logo small.jpg  Sheffiled Hallam University logo small.jpg Bournemouth University logo small.jpg

arts and humanities research council logo.jpg

Dracula Returns to Derby is a research project led by the University of Derby in partnership with Derby Museums, Derby Theatre, Bournemouth University and Sheffield Hallam University, and working with The Dracula Society, Derby Book Festival, Derby City Council, Cathedral and St Peters Quarter, Derby QUAD, Thrivemind Village and Writing East Midlands. 


Sign up to our monthly newsletter

Be informed about the latest offers, events, stories and tips for Derby and its region.

All information will be treated in accordance with our privacy notice.