The Birmingham based The Blue Orange Theatre will transfer their production of Jekyll & hyde to London’s Cockpit Theatre for a four week season from the 13th January. 

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The Blue Orange Theatre company’s production is set in a 1930’s jazz club and features a live pianist who will perform a number of jazz standards including ‘Putting on the Ritz’ and ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story is a classic story filled with addiction, murder, sex and violence that went down well with readers when it was originally published in 1886.

The story begins as London’s streets are filled with fear and uncertainty as a dark figure prowls through the fog. No one dares to walk the streets alone and the mysterious Edward Hyde has a strange ability to appear and disappear at will.

Then Jon Utterson, a respectable lawyer starts investigating Hyde when Dr Henry Jekyll, Utterson’s friend, leaves a will in his care. In it he  leaves the mysterious Hyde all his property in the event of his death or his disappearance. But Henry refuses to talk about Hyde so Utterson tries to visit and become acquainted with Jekyll but is thwarted at every turn by this man of mystery…

This new production of the work is directed and designed by Mark Webster and will include Daniel Blacker , Nicola Foxfield, Sarah Gain, Stuart Horobin and Oliver Hume in the cast.

It has been adapted for the stage by Eric Gracey, whose recent credits include Behind the Glass and Bullying 101.

The Blue Orange Theatre has produced over 40 productions in 30 venues in the last four years at least. It is a company that is rapidly making a name for itself across the UK for its high energy theatre that focuses on a mixture of new writing and retelling classic tales.

Jekyll & Hyde is at the Cockpit Theatre from the 13th January until the 6th February. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.jekyllandhydetheplay.com/ . 

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