Saturday, 12 October 2013
Theatre review: Jekyll & Hyde
Of course, you already know what that connection is. Jekyll & Hyde keeps the original novella's structure where the dual personality is a shocking final twist, but the characters have long since entered the popular consciousness, which leaves the company on a bit of a hiding to nothing trying to play the story as a mystery.
And aside from the big changes to the title character(s) Jessica Edwards' production doesn't have much that's very fresh to offer. Once again Victoriana equals white facepaint and mournful music, but despite the protestations of the narrators in a framing device there's no sense of spookiness here, and the injection of humour and sexuality both come off awkwardly. A rather grotesque prop makes for a late coup that elicits gasps, but overall I found this a bit lifeless.
Jekyll & Hyde by Jonathan Holloway, based on Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, is booking until the 19th of October at Southwark Playhouse's Little Theatre.
Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes straight through.