Theatreland Tour with Ian McKellen
Now stop here. And if you look carefully, you’ll see a small grey plaque to the right of the Lyceum’s great columns. If you spotted it, take a closer look. And if not, stop anyway.
This plaque commemorates the centenary of Irving’s death and you’ll see, has a personal significance. It was me who unveiled it in 2006 and it bears my name. You may not know much about Henry Irving, but you know a lot about his business manager. How come? Well a little-known Irish writer called Bram Stoker. He wrote the first Dracula story. It’s rumoured that he based the character of Count Dracula on his boss, Henry Irving, a villain that would outlast even Irving’s fame.
Alright, lets get going again. Go under the grand portico of the Lyceum’s entrance.