Monday, October 21, 2013

The Castle

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, BC...
Eerie Craigdarroch Castle...
Victoria's Craigdarroch Castle is more of a large château than a true castle. It was built by one of Vancouver Island's coal barons in the late 1800s. It's a novelty in that it sits right in the middle of an urban neighbourhood surrounded by older homes only a few minutes from downtown Victoria.

For the past decade or so a local theatre group has staged Halloween-themed plays in the castle making good use of its dark corridors and vast rooms. The audience follows the actors through the castle as the action unfolds in and around the building.

A few years ago my wife and I saw War of the Worlds here. This year's offering is Dracula and it's a repeat of last year's successful event. My wife and I will be seeing it soon and are eager to compare it to a version that we recently watched at the Chemainus Theatre north of Victoria.

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