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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
February 27th - March 3rd
A Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production
DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE
STARRING PHIL DANIELS
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 mild-mannered Dr Jekyll inadvertently unleashes an alternative personality… the fiendish 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. Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde is directed by Kate Saxon, designed by Simon Higlett and adapted by Tony award-winning playwright David Edgar.
Performance Information: Performances of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are taking place as scheduled
Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.
Production photographs by Mark Douet
Rehearsal photographs by Mark Douet
This is a dull-witted warmover of another writer's version of Jekyl and Hyde. Poor old Phil Daniels. Somebody told me this was a David Eldridge play, who's jolly good, but this isn't, I can tell you.
So boring I fell asleep in the 1st half and made the decision to leave at the interval. Several of the cast were inaudible or spoke so quickly their lines were lost. (and no I don't have a hearing problem).
It's two for the price of one in Malvern this week as Phil Daniels takes on the role not only of Dr Jekyll but also his disturbing alter ego Mr Hyde. In the original version of this adaptation by David Edgar, a different actor played each role but a few years later, it reverted to a sole actor thus giving him the opportunity to present a single body with two very different characters. And that is the version of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde which we have here, brought to the stage by Director Kate Saxon.
Like the movie versions of this and many other classics like Dracula and Sherlock Holmes, stage versions add their own imaginative stance on the book which they are based on and here, instead of the crusty, womanless, bachelor world of the novel, Jekyll is given a widowed sister Katherine (Polly Frame), a niece and a nephew, all of whom live in the country, far away from the life which he himself leads.
Developing this for the stage presented its own problems, as there are many locations to portray and this is effectively done by splitting the stage into an upper and lower level, the upper part being a somewhat murky and appropriately dimly lit street scene and the lower part representing the other areas such as the living room of both Jekyll and his sister, some other street scenes and the infamous laboratory where the transformations typically take place.
Moving between levels was done effortlessly as were the transitions between the different scenes. The different aspects of Dr Jekyll's character, each of them Scottish (one from Edinburgh, the other from Glasgow - you can guess which was which!), are not formed out of any dramatic lengthy transformation process or costume changes and indeed there are no complicated laboratory paraphernalia and foaming test tubes, merely a small glass containing the required drug.
The inclusion of female characters, especially the maid Annie played by Grace Hogg-Robinson and his sister and children, adds a little welcome levity to the male-dominated world inhabited by Dr Jekyll and his friends and colleagues, even if they are not in the original story.
The stage effects - London fog, sombre lighting and the singing and music - add a sombre tone to a play which, by its very nature, is designed to show the worst in human nature and the force between good and evil, epitomised by the ultimately fatal dual personalities of the lead character.
Oddly enough, when the play was first put on in London, it was around the time of the Jack The Ripper murders (and the production was closed down for a while as "there is more than enough to make us shudder out of doors" according to Richard Mansfield who played Jekyll) and the manager of the theatre which staged it was one Bram Stoker…
Waste of money, so boring didn’t even understand what was going on, and I know the plot, we left at the interval
Very disapointed with this poor
Adaptation of what is a classic novel.Unable to hear the majority
Of what was being said .No resemblance to the original at all .And as other comments left i was so dissaponted that i nearly left at the interval .But stayed to the end with little improvment to the performance at all.