Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
It may have been over a century since Robert Louis Stevenson first penned Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but its cultural impact has only grown. This August, Roslyn Packer Theatre presents Artistic Director, Kip Williams’ vivid adaptation of Stevenson’s seminal horror novella. Williams, who has brought back the same award-winning creative team behind the critically-acclaimed The Picture of Dorian Gray, will once again employ his signature blend of live performance, and cutting-edge video technology to take this classic story to new heights of theatrical and cinematic design.
If you’re not familiar with the story, it follows London lawyer Gabriel Utterson in his attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding his friend Dr Henry Jekyll and the shadowy new presence in his life, Mr Edward Hyde. It’s a chilling detective story that has captivated audiences for generations, bringing the ‘split self’ into our collective consciousness.
At the centre of this adaptation are two accomplished actors, Matthew Backer (who played Puck in STC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as appearing in Netflix’s The Twelve) and Ewen Leslie (from Operation Buffalo, The Luminaries, and Top of the Lake in which he starred opposite Nicole Kidman), will between them perform all the roles. Together with a brilliant team of onstage camera operators, editors and stage technicians, they will skilfully transport you to the streets of Victorian London, and deep into to its sordid underbelly, in a theatrical journey that will blur the lines between good and evil, public and private, artist and audience.
If STC’s production of The Picture of Dorian Gray is anything to go by, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is set to have Sydneysiders clamouring for a seat.
Opening at Roslyn Packer Theatre on Monday August 8 with new seats released for shows running from 22 August until 3 September tickets are now on sale.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company.