Step inside and become entangled in our seductive web of sizzling burlesque, graveyard rock, tummy-clutching comedy and masochistic madness!
Spiderlash, the latest offering from the Dracula’s vault, pulls together a fast-paced evening of vampire variety with a unique new spin. It’s a complete night of entertainment, and the most popular show on the Gold Coast.
Featuring acts like the Antique Illusion of Gore, Aerial Chandelier, Satan’s Checkout, Spiderweb Fetish and INXS rock tribute! All set to a pile-driving, live rock soundtrack. Finish the night on a high as our aerial DJ takes you to the next level!
Regular visitors will enjoy the signature vaudeville vamp style, while virgins to the swanky vampire lair will be gob-smacked by the scale and professionalism of this Gold Coast institution.
Dracula's is an MA15+ adult dinner cabaret and is not suitable for children. Expect sizzling burlesque, wicked comedy and an outrageous show like nothing you've ever experienced!
VIP A Reserve
Experience Dracula's as only a vampire can! VIP tickets include a Ghost Train ride, three course meal and Comedy Variety Show. Also included is Premium Seating, Priority Entrance Queue, VIP Gift Bag, Dracula's VIP Necklace, Gourmet Finger Food, discount on merchandise at the Shop of Horror, and a complimentary glass of Champagne and complimentary Tea and Coffee.
Arrival Time: 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Tickets from $115
Standard ticket for the full Dracula's experience. Tickets include a Ghost Train ride, three course meal and Comedy Variety Show.
Arrival Time: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Tickets from $90
New Years Eve
Celebrate New Years Eve with the Vampires! More info coming soon...
Tickets $150 per person
*Open Sundays in December, and Mondays in January.
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The Cast of Spiderlash
Actor/vocalist Richard Macionis is no stranger to the live stage following years of working extensively on the Australian live circuit, as lead singer of many bands, in Cabaret, Musical Theatre and television – and this year celebrates his ten year association with Dracula’s. It began back in 2002 at Dracula’s Melbourne theatre, where Richard featured in two shows. In 2006, he did a two month guest spot on the Gold Coast, and there he has stayed, now performing in his eighth production, Richard has also taken on the duties of Acting Show Director.
Richard has an extensive background in television production and performance, beginning as a reporter on Channel 7’s children’s program Rewind, and later working as a producer on such shows as The Price Is Right, GMA, and Healthy Wealthy & Wise. As Director of his own production company he has developed many projects for network TV, including the successful late night chat and music show, The Big Night In with John Foreman. Richard is also an artist manager, representing some of Australia’s key television and music idols, including John Foreman (Australian Idol), and in the past Ricki-Lee Coulter, Bree Amer (to name but a few). It was under this management banner that he was instrumental in the musical production of the finale of Oprah Winfrey’s Ultimate Australian Adventure, from the Sydney Opera House and screened around the world.
Rudi Testa, actor/singer/musician, celebrates his seventh show at Dracula’s on the Gold Coast, where he has delighted audiences with his on stage alter ego Vlad, and an array of memorable characters. An experienced vampire, well blooded in the art of cabaret seduction, he devours the hypnotising experience that Dracula’s has on offer, "Working for this mad house has indeed been a dream come true. Every night is a new, exciting experience, no matter how many shows you do. Spiderlash, another hit in the Dracula’s repertoire.”
Born and raised in the western suburbs of Melbourne, at the tender age of 16 Rudi was handed a bass guitar and he soon learned! “Rock ‘n’ roll, sex and drugs” were introduced during a brief stint in community theatre, and at age twenty three a professional career began with the Melbourne theatre restaurant, ‘Dirty Dicks’. Rudi then went on to a successful season at ‘Witches ‘n Britches’ theatre restaurant, providing 10 years of good employment from Melbourne’s underbelly of entertainment. A dark and seedy apprenticeship was completed with a short encounter with the sleazy Melbourne night club scene.
Supporting a killer cast of talented and sexy performing vampires, Rudi eagerly returns to Drax for yet another anticipated season, "Hope you enjoy Spiderlash as much as I do..."
David joined the talented cast of Dracula's Cabaret in early 2009, and is now in his seventh season as a musical Vampire. Hailing from Japan, David Kume was raised on the Gold Coast from the age of two. After picking up a guitar in his early childhood, David quickly developed a strong passion for music. Practicing extensively during his schooling years, learning the bass guitar along the way, he found himself playing in various stage, concert, and original bands, utilising his unique musical abilities.
David is particularly remembered for shredding his nightly lead guitar solos, suspended high above the thrilled spectators, while performing his unique aerial acrobatics. He is also an integral part of Dracula’s “Spine Crunchers” Jazz trio, featuring on Guitar, Electric Double Bass and Vocals. David is very excited to be part of Spiderlash, as Resident Musical Director, and playing, amongst many, the role of "Kamikaze D"
Christine has always been drawn to all things dark and theatrical, it is no wonder she has become a part of the gothic wonderland that is Dracula’s. Originally trained as a classical vocalist, Christine went on to complete a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Vocals. The unique composer/pianist went on to amalgamate these genres, creating her own "Black Broadway" signature style, which slips onto the Dracula's stage seamlessly. When she is not flirting with the ivories behind the keyboard, She can be found dancing on the ceiling performing incredible Aerial Acrobatics whilst singing… and scouting her prey...
After an exceptional season of "Sin and Tonic" Christine rejoins her comrades once again to bring you Dracula's "Spiderlash"
Danielle Casson has been strutting stages since the tender age of 3 and sauntered her way right onto the Dracula’s stage.
Her performances have permeated the international stage with highlights including dancing for Jessica Mauboy, TV Rock and Congorock. As if this wasn’t enough, Danielle has also had extensive experience as a singer, fronting an all girl pop band in Singapore and performing the national Anthem on live TV for the Gold Coast Blaze.
Like any other Gold Coast Girl Danielle has always loved Draculas. Her dream of joining the fanged cast came true when she was selected for "Sin & Tonic" last season. Unable to escape from Dracula's jaws, this triple threat beauty remains in the castle for their new production "Spiderlash"
Stevie Mac was the third child born into a modest Bogan family in Ipswich. Whilst raised on mainly pizza, his boyish frolicking with his twin brother never ceased, especially when learning an instrument became a competition. Finding himself playing piano to 1,000 at the age of 10 was just as much of a shock to Stevie’s parents as it was to Stevie as he realised he could teach himself something else apart from eating. Since leaving the family and their dreams of him working in pizza delivery, and following the rock star lifestyle of cleaning bathrooms and sleeping in vans, Stevie became a sought after bass player and drummer for Brisbane bands.
At 22, Stevie showed the world of piano his methodologies for teaching himself with educational documentaries and won sponsorship with Yamaha Music Corporation and distribution with Australian Schools before moving back into the world of performance. Due to this, Stevie often works with Vibe Events Australia assisting as a coach to up and coming bands.
Whilst Stevie’s passion is cabaret and theatre, his strong edgy voice won him the lead role in the Gold Coast Arts Centre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar where he got to work with Australia’s most elite musical directors and now is working on his debut show ‘Spiderlash’ at Dracula’s.
Nicole was raised on the Gold Coast initially studying ballet, contemporary and jazz. She performed with the Gold Coast Youth Ballet and was a featured member of the Queensland Youth Ballet and Gold Coast Dancers Company working with many prominent Australian choreographers. Nicole began her formative dance training at the Queensland University of Technology however after deciding to expand her repertoire into other styles of dance and entertainment, Nicole moved to Sydney to attend Brent Street Studios obtaining her Certificate IV in Performing Arts.
For the past seven years, Nicole has been working at sea with Royal Caribbean International as a dancer and Dance Captain. She began learning aerial skills onboard ships in 2010, training on silks and hoop. Nicole has performed as a dancer and aerialist onboard the largest cruise ship in the world, the Allure of the Seas. On this ship Nicole was in the aqua show which involved use of her Open Water PADI Dive License, performing on silks and hoop both onstage and above water.
Nicole was part of the takeout team for Imagination House; a US based aerial company in their Aerial Centrum Project. She performed on hoop, bungee, in halo and somersault harnesses at heights of up to 80ft! For this project she was also the Aerial Captain. Earlier this year Nicole performed in The Ultimate Vegas Show at Jupiters Hotel and Casino, here she was also selected as the Dance Captain and Company Manager. This is Nicole's debut at Dracula's as an aerialist and performer.
Behind The Scenes
Take a peak behind the curtain...
Dracula's Technical Manager John Taylor in the Bio Box control booth in Queensland, where all of the lighting, sound and visual effects are controlled from.
Dracula's first taste of blood, the Box Office. Our team of experienced staff help guests arrange their special night at Dracula's.
Jayne Newman is Dracula's creative director. She creates the bespoke stage designs, pouring over every detail to imagine the beautiful pieces worn by the cast.
It has been said that Dracula's auditorium is as much an art form as it is a theatre. The wall-to-wall sculpture and horror collectables create an eccentric atmosphere, not unlike the Addams Family mansion. While some of these nefarious creations have been purchased in various auction rooms, in particular the Hollywood collectables, you may be suprised to know that almost all the props that festoon the walls are in actual fact created in our own garret-style workshop. Two off-site warehouses are devoted to chruning out horror-themed decor, spectacular props, sets and animated special effects!
You may be horrified by the menagerie of dead animals that decorate Dracula's cocktail bar, and you should be! Amongst the ghastly furry critters are some truly rare and bizarre collections. Take the giant Boar that has a goat's beard, lion's teeth and buffalo horns - a taxidermists Frankenstein. While our collection includes some deadly specimens such as the giant strangling python, a fifteen centimeter tarantula, crocodiles, scorpions and shark jaws, our prize display would have to be the very rare Transylvanian Vampire Bat.
Dracula’s technical Director, Paul Newman, working on one of the many sophisticated animatronic creations that adorn the castle.
- Produced & Written By:
- Marc Newman
- Directed By:
- Haydie Newman
- Technical Director:
- Paul Newman
- Costume Design:
- Jayne Newman
- Technical Manager:
- John Taylor
- Stage Manager:
- Jamie Muller
- Project Manager:
- Luke Newman
- Aerial Production:
- Aerial Angels
- Musical & Vocal Director:
- David Kume
- Score & Arrangements:
- Matt Bradshaw
- Yvette Lee
- Prop Construction:
- Shane 'Zip' Greinke & Tom Eeles
- Tracey Lord