Blackeyed Theatre to bring Robert Louis Stevenson's dark, thrilling drama to the Wyvern

By Jessica Durston - 7 January 2022

Arts and Culture

The Blackeyed Theatre Company will perform a production of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Swindon's Wyvern Theatre.

March will see two performances by the theatre company of Nick Lane's novel adaptation.

The Wyvern dates are Monday 14 March at 7.30pm and Tuesday 15 March at 7.30pm.

Blackeyed Theatre staged their production of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in September 2020 for just one performance for the purposes of filming, in order to provide audiences with the chance to watch the show online while theatres had remained closed.

The roles of Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde will be played by Blake Kubena (Vikings, History Channel; Othello, Alabama Shakespeare Festival; All’s Well that Ends Well, Minack Theatre). Joining Blake and reprising their roles from Blackeyed Theatre’s 2017 production are Zach Lee (Bouncers, Glass Menagerie, Hull Truck; The Derby McQueen Affair, York Theatre Royal; Treasure Island, Harrogate Theatre) as Gabriel Utterson, Paige Round (Hurling Rubble at the Moon, Park Theatre; NobodyHanyong Theatre/National Theatre Company of Korea) as Eleanor Lanyon and Ashley Sean-Cook (FrankensteinBlackeyed Theatre; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Children’s Touring Partnership; Might Never Happen, King’s Head) as Hastings Lanyon.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde?is also directed by Nick Lane, who was Associate Director and Literary Manager at Hull Truck from 2006 to 2014, with original music composed by Tristan Parkes.

Nick said: “I'm incredibly excited to be working with Blackeyed Theatre again. To revisit a story that I love and adapt it for four terrific actors, particularly at such a unique time for the industry, is an absolute gift for me! I hope people book their seats and then spend the entire show on the edge of them!”

Completing the artistic team are Enric Ortuño (Movement and Intimacy Director), Victoria Spearing (Set Design), Naomi Gibbs (Costume Design) and Claire Childs (Lighting Design).

A spokesperson for the production said of the show: "Combining ensemble storytelling, physical theatre, movement and Lane’s razor-sharp script, alongside a new musical score by Tristan Parkes, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde remains true to the spirit and themes of the original novella while offering modern audiences one or two surprises."

The running time for the performance is two hours including an interval, and the age guide is for those over 11 years old.

Tickets prices for the show are as follows:

  • Standard: £21
  • Concessions: £2 Off
  • Friends: £3 Off
  • Schools: £17 with every 11th ticket free
  • Groups of 8-19 receive £2 off a full price ticket
  • Groups of 20-39 receive £2.50 off a full price ticket plus the group organiser goes free
  • Groups of 40+ receive £3 off a full price ticket plus the group organiser goes free

Tickets can be purchased at https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-jekyll-and-hyde-swindon-202

This production has been rescheduled from September 2020 and then May 2021.

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