The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde

The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde

“The object of power is power.” George Orwell

Lyn Gardner avatar
5 September 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“This one is a bit of an outlier, but Arrows and Traps have been making a reputation for themselves at this south-east London venue with a string of classic adaptations. This one relocates Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella to 2020 where an impeached Trump is awaiting trial, there has been a major mass shooting and election fever grips the nation. Young Senator Henry Hyde looks on course for victory on a ticket that promises to tackle gun violence, but his running mate Edward Hyde holds power over the would-be president.”

Overview

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 independent, 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, and the backing of Big Pharma, 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. This bold new adaptation stays true to the original text’s themes, making it a great night of entertainment for fans for the novella, a thrilling and clear physicalisation for GCSE students of the text, and the perfect launching point for newcomers to the tale.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

One sees so many versions of this classic (the same applies the thematically similar The Picture of Dorian Gray) that credit is due for finding anything truly new in its tale. And this production does

Broadway World

A smart and excellently acted adaption, the classic horror story is turned into a modern dystopian political thriller. Worth the entrance fee alone for Will Pinchin’s performance

Everything Theatre

Overwrought contemporary queer update of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 3 Sep - Sat 28 Sep, 3.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 10 mins

Venue

410 Brockley Road SE4 2DH London, UK · Get Directions

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