A DESCENDANT of Dracula author Bram Stoker visited Theatre Royal Glasgow yesterday.

Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of the famous writer, called at The Grand Old Lady of Hope Street to see where his great-uncle worked with Henry Irvine and The Lyceum Company in Faust, which was the theatre’s opening performance.

Dacre, who is in Scotland to mark the 125th anniversary of the popular gothic novel, has been checking out landmarks which are thought to have provided inspiration behind the tale.

Glasgow Times:

In partnership with VisitScotland, Dacre has spots including Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire and Renfield Street in Glasgow city centre on his itinerary.

He said he was “very excited” to visit the Theatre Royal.

Dacre added: “It is the city’s oldest theatre and is the longest-running theatre in Scotland.

“This was where Bram Stoker made his debut working for Henry Irving, in November 1878, a business and personal relationship that lasted 27 years until Irving’s death in 1905.”

Glasgow Times:

James Haworth, theatre director at Theatre Royal, added: “It’s an honour to welcome Dacre to Theatre Royal and show him where Bram worked.

“The Lyceum’s Faust was the first the performance to be staged here, so it’s lovely to meet a connection to our building’s history and hear more about the man behind Dracula.”