According to press materials, Robert Louis Stevenson's cult classic is reinterpreted in this modern adaptation by playwright Jo Clifford, set in a steampunk dystopian world where the questionable actions of leaders are no longer held to account, whilst the personal freedoms of the common citizen are disregarded.
Set in an alternative London of the future that is consumed by the quest for immortality, Dr. Henry Jekyll is a high-profile cancer specialist, determined to find a cure for mankind's greatest medical challenge. In his obsession to be the doctor that makes this historic breakthrough, Jekyll's radical research results in the creation of an unintentional strain of drug which entirely alters the patient's personality.
Making himself the subject of his own experiments, Jekyll steps into the unknown and unleashes his inner demons. Trapped in a corporate world, Dr. Jekyll must choose to keep hold of his own identity as he revels in the freedom and chaos of his hideous alter ego: Mr Hyde. But is the choice still in his hands?
The production is presented by Sell a Door Theatre, joining their previously announced 2015 tours of Avenue Q and The History Boys.
Clifford has close to 80 dramatic works to her name, and is perhaps best known for her adaptation of Great Expectations, which was first presented in 1988 featuring Alan Cumming as Pip, and was recently revived in a new production at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. She is currently under commission to the National Theatre of Scotland. In a press statement, she commented, "I love Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It’s such a brilliant piece of writing. It’s given me so much pleasure to adapt the story for Sell A Door; and I hope my play gives audiences huge pleasure, as well as plenty to think about."
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