The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde review

PUBLISHED: 21:55 27 November 2012 | UPDATED: 21:59 27 November 2012

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde


COMEDIAN and author Johnny Tait reviews The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City.

THE pessimists felt the theatre was half empty, the optimist felt it was half full, the schizophrenics swore that it was packed.

If you asked anyone to name you a tale of schizophrenia, I am sure 99.9 per cent of people would immediately say Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Written by Robert Louis Stevenson more than 120 years ago, the tale of Jekyll and Hyde is one that always gets our attention.

The return to the Hawthorne Theatre of The Hull Truck Theatre Company after a very successful tour with DNA was one theatre-goers were looking forward to.

Adapted and directed by Nick Lane and with a cast of three incredibly talented actors, I’m sure Robert Louis Stevenson himself would have been pleased with The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

In this adaption, the highly intelligent Dr Jekyll (James Weaver) is physically weak and frustrated that his medicinal experiments on rats prove fruitless, so he experiments on himself and now finds himself physically strong but without any feeling of compassion and with the morals of a politician forwarding his expense account.

We are left wondering, what is he going to do next? His sexual affair with Eleanor (Joanna Miller) causes her husband (John Gully) enormous heartbreak, but Hyde is in no way concerned.

He attacks anyone that crosses his path and the attack scene which closed the first half was brilliantly played.

With music composed by Tristan Parkes to accompany the show, and to assist with creating the mood we had effective lighting designed by Graham Kirk, as a member of the audience, I came away with no doubt in my mind that a live show is definitely the best show.

I’m now looking forward to the stage adaption of Tacit Theatre’s production of The Canterbury Tales on Friday, November 30.

* Tickets for The Canterbury Tales are £16.50, and £13.50 concessions, and are available by ringing 01707 357117 or online at

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