Classic horror tale set for a new lease of life

The  Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the ultimate struggle of good versus evil.
The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the ultimate struggle of good versus evil.

THE retelling of a classic story will be performed in South Tyneside this week.

Award-winning touring company Sell A Door’s version of the tale of Jekyll and Hyde comes to the Customs House in South Shields tomorrow as part of a 33-date tour.

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the ultimate struggle of good versus evil.

Ray Spencer

The Mill Dam venue’s executive director, Ray Spencer, said: “We’re thoroughly looking forward to Sell A Door’s reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s great story.

“The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the ultimate struggle of good versus evil.

“We’re sure the new production will bring plenty of interest from a show the critics are calling fresh, powerful and brilliantly written.”

Set in an alternative London of the future 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 responsible for that 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 and, while trapped in a corporate world, 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?

Stevenson’s classic book is reinterpreted in this modern adaptation, set in a dystopian world where the questionable actions of leaders are no longer held to account while the personal freedoms of the common citizen are disregarded.

This new adaptation is written by Jo Clifford. She has close to 80 dramatic works to her name and is perhaps best known for her adaptation of Great Expectations.

Clifford is currently under commission to the National Theatre of Scotland.

She said: “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, and I hope my play gives audiences huge pleasure, as well as plenty to think about.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.45pm, are £14, £13 for concessions. They are available from the box office on 454 1234 or by visiting www.customshouse.co.uk.

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