Production images have been released for Blackeyed Theatre’s new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story, heading to the Greenwich Theatre as part of its UK tour.
Doctor Henry Jekyll is a good man. Successful within his field and respected by his peers, he’s close to a neurological discovery that will change the face of medical science forever. However, his methods are less than ethical and when a close friend and colleague threatens to expose and destroy his work, Jekyll is forced to experiment on himself, whereupon something goes very wrong…or very right. Suddenly Jekyll has a new friend, the brutal Edward Hyde.
Whisking audiences back to 19th century London, this new production of the classic story has been adapted and directed for the stage by Nick Lane.
This new production is inspired by Nick Lane’s own personal story. Injured by a car accident at the age of 26 that permanently damaged his neck and back, Lane imagines Jekyll as a physically weakened man who discovers a cure for his ailments, a cure that also unearths the darkest corners of his psyche.
Talking about it he said: “If someone offered me a potion that was guaranteed to make me feel the way I did before the accident, but with the side effect that I’d become ruthless and horrible – would I drink it?”
The cast for the production includes: Jack Bannell as Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde (The Comedy of Errors, Tobacco Factory; Antony and Cleopatra, Chichester Festival; Beggar’s Opera, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Paige Round as Eleanor Lanyon (Hurling Rubble at the Moon, Park Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Watch Your Head; Nobody, Hanyong Theatre/National Theatre Company of Korea), Zach Lee as Gabriel Utterson (Bouncers, Glass Menagerie, Hull Truck; The Derby McQueen Affair, York Theatre Royal; Treasure Island, Harrogate Theatre) and Ashley Sean-Cook as Hastings Lanyon (Frankenstein, Blackeyed Theatre; Might Never Happen, King’s Head).
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde also includes designs by Victoria Spearing, costume design by Naomi Gibbs and lighting design by Claire Childs. It is produced by Adrian McDougall.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde which will be running at Greenwich Theatre from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th October before continuing to tour. For more information visit: http://www.blackeyedtheatre.co.uk/future-shows/the-strange-case-of-dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde/