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The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde - Jack Studio Theatre

The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ARROWS & Traps Theatre Company are presenting The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde at the Jack Studio Theatre. Written and directed by Ross McGregor, it runs from Tuesday, September 3 to Saturday, September 28, 2019.

The object of power is power. George Orwell

2020. The President Of The United States has fallen, impeached for corruption and now awaits trial. As the American senate slides into chaos, election fever grips the nation. In the wake of yet another mass shooting, Senator Henry Jekyll, a bold, young, liberal announces his candidacy to run for the Oval Office. His one promise: to end America’s toxic love affair with guns. Emboldened by a landmark level of public support, Jekyll’s victory seems almost inevitable.

However, as Voting Day draws ever nearer, Gabrielle Utterson, Jekyll’s campaign manager grows increasingly suspicious of her senator’s running mate – Mister Edward Hyde. As the rumours and accusations multiply, Utterson must race to uncover exactly what power Hyde holds over Jekyll – before he becomes just one heartbeat away from the most powerful man in the free world.

Thirteen-time Off West End Award-Nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre bring their critically-acclaimed modern twist to Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic gothic classic, reimagining it as a gripping political thriller set in the halls of American power. The performances at the Jack mark the start of a national tour.

The cast includes Lucy Ioannou, Gabrielle Nellis-Pain, Will Pinchin, Charlie Ryall and Christopher Tester.

The production has set design by Charlotte Cooke, costume design by Bryony J. Thompson and sound design by Alistair Lax.

The original idea for Jekyll & Hyde occurred to Robert Louis Stevenson in a nightmare from which his wife awakened him. By the end of the nineteenth century, artists, writers and intellectuals were beginning to move away from the celebration of “progress” that had so defined the times, and were questioning the relevance and permanence of the global domination of Western culture.

As a part of this increasingly pessimistic group of writers, Stevenson focused on a milieu he knew well: the upper middle class highly social world of powerful men in which issues such as appearance and dress were extremely important. In examining this superficial existence, Stevenson targets the hypocrisy of social strata and the danger of allowing the innate evilness of human nature to run free in his narrative of a respectable doctor who transforms himself into a savage murderer.

The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions. To book, call the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or visit brockleyjack.co.uk/.

Times: 7.30pm (no performances Sunday/Monday), with matinees on Saturday, September 14, 21 and 28 at 3.30pm.

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: Arrows & Traps’ One Giant Leap (until July 27) and Katheryn Howard by Catherine Hiscock (July 30 to August 3, 2019).