Birmingham-based The Blue Orange Theatre’s transfer of its new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, a classic tale of addiction, murder, sex, violence and desire, to The Cockpit for a four-week season opening tonight.
But this time it’s Jekyll with a jazz beat. The story is set in a 1930s jazz club with live pianist and a backdrop of sultry standards including Putting On The Ritz and I Get A Out Of Kick You.
This new play by Eric Gracey, based on Stevenson’s Gothic novel, is set in London where the streets are awash with fear, a dark and sinister figure prowls through the fog.
There are shadows where the strange and sinister Edward Hyde seems to have the ability to appear and disappear at will. Jon Utterson, a respectable lawyer, starts investigating Hyde when Dr Henry Jekyll, Utterson’s friend, leaves a will in his care.
In it he bequeaths Hyde all his property in the event of his death or his disappearance. Henry refuses to talk about Hyde so Utterson tries to visit and become acquainted with Jekyll but is thwarted at every turn by this man of mystery
The cast has been named as Daniel Blacker, Nicola Foxfield, Sarah Gain, Stuart Horobin and Oliver Hume. Mark Websiter directs.
Jekyll and Hyde runs at The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London until February 6.