The short story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published in 1886 and gained Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Prince Otto, et al) international acclaim. Jeffrey Hatcher (Smash, The Servant of Two Masters, Murderers, The Falls, Armadale, et al) has adapted into a play, the story of the man of science who releases his inner evil by drinking a potion. The newer macabre and eerie tale of transformation and the battle of good and evil has been described as ‘hipper, more erotic, and theatrically intense…definitely not your grandfather’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde.’ It features actors playing multiple roles and Mr. Hyde being played by four actors one of whom is female.
 
The play posits the question: ‘What happened the night that Henry Jekyll died?’ And goes on to reveal, in a similar fashion to Stevenson’s original, the respected doctor’s alarmingly erratic behaviour toward his friends. The play also explores Edward Hyde, who is evil beyond measure, and follows as this brutal figure haunts the city streets, committing assault and murder under the cloak of darkness.
 
1812 VDL award winning director Christine Grant (Ruby Moon, Terra Nova, Enchanted April, et al) recognizes the challenges that Hatcher has presented in discussing characterization: "The Hyde roles will be challenging as Hyde embodies evil but the actors must show clear character changes for the several other roles. Costumes change will be minimal. They will also need to develop a single entity. It will be an intriguing process."
 
1812 Theatre are thrilled to be heading towards exciting territory with the promise of a smart, psychological thriller that will reveal the many faces of Edward Hyde. 
 
"Newcomer, Paul James comes to us with a wealth of theatre experience to play Henry Jekyll. Edward Hyde is portrayed by the well known and outstanding1812 actors – Brett Hyland, Geoffrey Arnold; Dexter Bourke and Pip LeBlond. Donna Pope (Andy from Stepping Out) will play Elizabeth. Truly a cast to transport you back in time and bring Jekyll’s Hyde to life," Grant continues.
 
The 1812 Theatre is one of the most successful amateur theatre companies in Australia with a history that spans over 50 years. Each year the company stages 4 seasons with a season consisting of 23 performances over 5 weeks. Seasons are quickly sold out so if you want to see Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde then book as soon as possible. Ticket price includes complimentary programme and drinks on arrival and after show supper.
 
Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde is also a Lyrebird Award entry.
 
Venue: 1812 Theatre, 3 Rose St, Upper Ferntree Gully
Dates: Thursday August 5 – Saturday September 4
Price range: $22.00
Bookings: http://www.1812theatre.com.au/  or phone 9758 3964
Note: RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES.
 

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