'....all human beings...are commingled out of good and evil...EDWARD HYDE ALONE, IN THE RANKS OF MANKIND, WAS PURE EVIL.'
An experiment to separate virtue from wickedness in his own nature results in the respectable Doctor Jekyll releasing the demon within; a malevolent force which will eventually possess him body and soul.
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story has enthralled and fascinated the world for more than a hundred years. Perhaps because a Mr Hyde lurks deep within us all, watching... and waiting...
Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
'Impressive...fine style....the result is a good, vivid, popular version of a great story, told with notable passion...As Jekyll and Hyde adaptations go, Patrick Prior's 70 minute two-hander is short, to the point and rewritten in brisk everyday language.'
'Stylistic...forensic examination of man's addiction to playing the bad lad....Abernethy and Marsden make a great stab at Prior's gradually unfolding text. Every emotional nuance is wrung out of it, and a packed audience sit rapt at such conversely dark materials.'
THE GLASGOW HERALD
"Felt I should send a short message to say how much i enjoyed the Jekyll and Hyde play. A well chosen play, beautifully acted and masterfully directed - thank you for a memorable evening."
Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
“Just to say thanks for the brilliant Jekyll and Hyde at Broadstairs tonight. One of the best things I’ve seen for ages, so good I now want to read the book.”
" We saw this play in Derry last night and we wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. The production was imaginative and very true to the original story."
"Just a line to thank you both so much for coming to our school again to perform 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. Whilst we are only a small school the students really did appreciate the performance. They got so much from it for their studies. Please keep us in mind for the future. The 'Titanic' project sounds good......."
Sean Simington, Head Teacher, Eccles Hall, Norfolk.
The play premiered at The Yvonne Arnaud Mill, in Guildford, on September 29th, 2006 and has since been seen at the following theatres:
Wilde Theatre, Bracknell
Pitlochry Festival Theatre (2014, 2017)
Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead (2016, 2017, 2018)
Cranleigh Arts Centre
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Square Chapel, Halifax
Subscription Rooms, Stroud
Limelight Arts Centre, Aylesbury
Queens Hall, Hexham
Phoenix Theatre, Bordon
Sarah Thorne Theatre, Boadstairs
Brookside Theatre, Romford
The Bierkeller, Bristol
Kings Lynn Arts Centre
Ifield Barn, Crawley
Rose Theatre, Kidderminster
Eccleshall Theatre, Norfolk (2009,2011,2013,2015)
Royal College Of Surgeons, Edinburgh
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Carnegie Theatre, Dunfermline
Falkirk Town Hall
Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld
Stratherrick Hall, Gorthleck
Heron Theatre, Cumbria
Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Studio 1A Theatre, Bangor
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry
Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
Belfast Opera House Baby Grand
Playhouse Theatre Derry
Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen
Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey (2007, 2017)
Haddo House, Aberdeen
Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills