THE unsuspecting queue at York Dungeon was in for a big surprise when Dracula suddenly popped up outside the Clifford Street visitor attraction.

The queuers were amused to learn that the Grand Opera House, just across the road, was promoting Dracula: The Bloody Truth, a supernatural comedy show that will play the York theatre on September 29.

Alice Tones, the Opera House's marketing and communications assistant, donned the guise of Count Dracula, whose "true story" will be told by black-humoured Exeter physical theatre company Le Navet Bete.

Expect a "seriously ridiculous" bloodcurdling tale of terror wherein the audience will be taken on a journey across Europe from the sinister Transylvanian mountains to the awkwardly charming seaside town of Whitby and into the world of the supernatural.

"Dracula: The Bloody Truth is on a mission to educate us all on the perils of dealing with vampires," say Le Navet Bete. Tickets for their 7.30pm show are on sale on 0844 871 3024 or at