Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde coming to Welwyn Garden City stage

PUBLISHED: 20:41 06 November 2012 | UPDATED: 20:56 06 November 2012

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde plays at the Hawthorne Theatre, in Campus West, Welwyn Garden City

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde plays at the Hawthorne Theatre, in Campus West, Welwyn Garden City

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THE Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde plays at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City on Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9.

WHAT’S in a name? These days we’re used to dual personalities – pseudonymous authors, actors with stage names, even some politicians go by two names.

But sometimes a change of name can bring a change in personality, a freedom not previously allowed.

Welcome to Hull Truck Theatre’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, adapted and directed by Nick Lane, and appearing at the Hawthorne Theatre, in WGC, on Thursday, and Friday.

Doctor Henry Jekyll is a good man, successful in his field and respected by his peers. Jekyll’s work is cutting-edge but the way he gets results is less than ethical.

Wracked with physical pain but seeking salvation for the mentally ill through a new chemical compound that can alter the brain, he is the ultimate example of someone doing good through dubious means.

Faced with the prospect of having his methods exposed to the world, the good doctor is forced to experiment on himself with life-changing consequences.

Love, betrayal and murder combine in a stripped down and very physical piece of theatre as a cast of three bring Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic to vibrant life.

Forget any other version you’ve seen – throw out bubbling potions and hairy Hydes – the aim here is for realism, allowing the actors to uncover the horror that can so easily be masked by convention in most men.

So, in the end, what’s in a name? Whether you call yourself Jekyll or Hyde, is the person at the core the same? And if you know one, do you necessarily know the other? See Jekyll and Hyde to find out.

* Hull Truck Theatre presents The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at the Hawthorne Theatre, WGC, on Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £16.50, and £13.50 concessions.

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