Adapted by David Edgar, Directed by Kate Saxon, Designed by Simon Higlett, Lighting by Mark Jonathan, Sound by Richard Hammerton.A twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror, this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic thriller stars Phil Daniels as the extraordinary Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.During one of his audacious experiments trying to separate good from evil, the kind and gifted Dr Jekyll inadvertently unleashes an alternative personality of pure evil … the mysterious Mr Hyde.As this sinister figure starts causing terror and havoc in foggy London, Jekyll must race to find a cure for his monstrous alter-ego before it takes over for good.Phil Daniels extensive and varied credits include Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, Richards in Scum and Kevin Wicks in EastEnders. He has worked with the RSC and NT and has appeared on stage in productions as diverse as Les Miserables and This House. Jekyll & Hyde is directed by Kate Saxon, designed by Simon Higlett and adapted by Tony award-winning playwright David Edgar.
This is an extremely atmospheric adaptation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. We are greeted by the sound of clopping hooves and later there is the noise of a steam train coming into the station. This is a society in crux. The staging is on two levels and the lighting is fabulous. There is a red door which glows – the door to hell or our truth or maybe both? The tale is told through a series of parallels which reflect the agony of Mr Jekyll as he grapples with both sides of his nature, the well mannered Batchelor and the lustful, brutish thug. Near the beginning of the first act, Utterson gives a speech where he wonders what we see when we look in a mirror. Is this reflection our better or our worse self? Do society’s rules bring out our higher or lower natures and what is the cost of suppressing one over the other. This is then played out by Phil Daniels as Dr Jekyll who portrays two men brilliantly with little embellishments from the wardrobe. The story is updated with the addition of a back story involving relationships with his sister, his father and ultimately with his maid whose intuition finds the truth. This play addresses who we are and the choices we make. Issues as relevant over 100 years ago as now.
By Moira Cormack on behalf of Love Book Group.
DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE Tue 10 to Sat 14 April 2018 | King’s TheatreEvenings 7.30pm Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pmDuration: Approx. 2h20m