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Monday 20 November 2017

Sad Leigh jets out as Dracula show axed

ACTRESS Leigh Arnold has taken a break to come to terms with a major career setback after her Dracula show was pulled.

The play at the Tivoli Theatre was axed four weeks early due to poor ticket sales, leaving the cast and crew devastated.

Leigh (31), who played Mina, has jetted out of the country.

Dracula was due to run for more than six weeks from September 28 until November 6, but it had its final curtain call on Saturday.

Organisers desperately tried to attract bigger crowds by flagging special late-night Halloween performances, as well as offering reduced-price tickets via a Facebook promotion last Monday.



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However it was decided late last week that the show could not continue.

"Leigh is naturally a little bit upset because she loved the role and the team she was working with. She got on very well with her co-star Lukas Hassel in particular, so it's a shame that the show had to be cut short," said an aide.

"But she is incredibly savvy. She is well aware of the industry she is in and how it works so it's not a total surprise.

"Everyone knew that the ticket sales needed to be good for it to continue. They are all disappointed but it's not the end of the world and Leigh already has a few other things in the pipeline that she will be working on in the near future. That's the nature of being an actress."

aanderson@herald.ie

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