Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at The Electric Theatre, Guildford
A play by David Edgar based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson.
London. 1886. Autumn. The streets of the city, swirling with yellow fog, are chill and gloomy. Stalking them is the monstrous Edward Hyde, a murderous brute who seems to appear and disappear at will.
The lawyer, Gabriel Utterson, becomes increasingly caught up in the mystery, eventually making the horrifying discovery that Hyde is the alter ego of his client and friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, who has been secretly conducting an investigation into the darkest recesses of the
The transformation is complete – “at last you are me….. “
human mind. But as Hyde’s exploits become ever more horrifying and Jekyll’s ability to control his experiments diminishes at an equally frightening rate, Utterson finds himself caught up in a twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror that can end only in tragedy.This adaptation of Stevenson’s classic gothic horror story, with its fascinating study of the diversity of man’s psyche, was the perfect treat for an autumn evening at the theatre.
REVIEW – The Surrey Advertiser
“The company’s interpretation of Edgar’s characters was excellent…… this was a demanding play produced by an ambitious and talented company”
“Jonathan Arundel accomplished the change with admirable subtlety, particularly in the later stages of his impending permanent transformation.
Georgie Wilkins as Annie…. deserves a special mention for her spirited and humorous interpretation of the character”
REVIEW – N.O.D.A.
“This adaptation of Stevenson’s story by David Edgar was brilliantly scripted and the director brought out the very human and personal tragedy that followed. A gruesome tale but a very absorbing evening…… Rob Sheppard‘s direction of this well know play was superb, complemented by a very talented cast.The dual role of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Jonathan Arundel) required tremendous skill.
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