Bram Stoker ~ (11/8/1847 4/20/1912) was an Irish-born novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
"Stoker was always a man in the shadows, the back-room boy who for thirty-years had organised the life and finances of the greatest actor of his age, Sir Henry Irving. His death one hundred years ago today, on 20 April 1912, conformed to type: it was utterly eclipsed by a much larger catastrophe. He died quietly at home only five days after the R. M. S. Titanic hit an iceberg and sank." - The Strange Life and Death of Bram Stoker
Sir Henry Irving (top hat) and Bram Stoker take a cab from the private Burleigh Street entrance of the Lyceum Theatre, which was reserved for the use of the ”Unholy Trinity” of Irving, Stoker and H.J. Loveday, the Lyceum’s stage manager.
Lyceum Theatre, interior, London. Sir Henry Irving's theatre, managed by Bram Stoker. http://www.bramstokerestate.com/Bram-Stoker-By-and-About-Bram-Stoker-Himself-Abraham-Stoker-Jr-Dracula-author-Dublin-London.html
Bram Stoker's first production with the Lyceum Theatre was Vanderdecken, which starred Henry Irving in the title role. Lyceum Theatre 1878-Stanley Lathbury. There are some personal memories from Max Montesole who worked with Henry Irving. http://www.bramstokerestate.com/Sir-Henry-Irving-Lyceum-Theatre-Bram-Stoker-Dracula.html
Cursed in the Act - To die or not to die...that is the question The curtain rises on a chilling new Victorian mystery series featuring Dracula author Bram Stoker, business manager for London’s Lyceum Theatre. When the star and owner of the Lyceum, Mr. Henry Irving, is poisoned on Hamlet’s opening night, he is able to pull through and walk the boards as planned. But when Irving’s understudy is killed the next day, Stoker is convinced that foul play is afoot. Mr. Irving has a l…