Friday is the 40th Anniversary of the release of the highly-questionable but undoubtedly awesome modern Hammer Classic Dracula AD 1972.
The film that reunited Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in their famous roles was released in cinemas on 28th September 1972 and what better way to celebrate it than spending some time in the Lyceum Tavern on The Strand.
Why the Lyceum Tavern you ask?
Well, Bram Stoker was business manager at the world-famous Lyceum Theatre when he published Dracula on 26th May 1897. Stoker based the look of Dracula (sans the fangs, I guess) on the famous Lyceum actor Henry Irving, so there's lots of great connections there.
Unfortunately it appears that the Lyceum is the only pub in England that doesn't have television screens, so we can't watch the film. But we can discuss horror films, debate our favourite ones and all together take in the glorious surrounds.
The pub owner also told one of our Spooky Fans Robin that he saw a ghost on the staircase. So that makes it a doubly Spooky Pub. In other words, something for everyone.
We will be upstairs from 6.30pm.
There will be no set activities for the night but maybe consider watching or re-watching Dracula AD 1972 so you can discuss the film. And no doubt our inhouse team of ghost experts can tell you about the hauntings in the world famous Lyceum Theatre - which are very cool. (I will be drinking brandy on the night, come along and fine out why!)
Look forward to seeing you then!
PS. When I chose the Lyceum for 28th September a couple of weeks ago, I didn't know about the anniversary date of Dracula AD 1972. Cool coincidence!