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Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde single work   drama   - 1hr 50mins
Adaptation of Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson , 1886 single work novella
Date: 2022
Issue Details: First known date: 2022... 2022 Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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'A classic mystery, a dazzling transformation

'The award-winning creative team behind the sold-out smash hit The Picture of Dorian Gray returns with another vivid adaptation of a Gothic classic, transformed for the stage through engrossing live video. Written and directed by STC Artistic Director Kip Williams, this spellbinding adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s mystery for the ages is set to be an unmissable production on the cutting edge of theatrical and cinematic design.

'Penned by one of the English language’s greatest writers, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde follows London lawyer Gabriel Utterson as he attempts to unravel the mysteries surrounding his friend Dr Henry Jekyll and the shadowy new presence in his life: Mr Edward Hyde. One of the most gripping and intricate tales ever told, this chilling detective story has captivated artists and audiences alike for generations.

'Two virtuosic actors – Matthew Backer (Cloud NineA Midsummer Night’s DreamChimerica) and Ewen Leslie (Julius CaesarRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadThe War of the Roses) – will perform all the roles in the thrilling chronicle of the doomed and divided Jekyll, the rapacious Hyde, and the transfixed Utterson, caught in between, in a dazzling production that will blur the lines between good and bad, the self and the other, the public and the private, and the artist and the audience.' (Production summary)

Production Details

  • Presented by Sydney Theatre Company. Performed at Roslyn Packer Theatre 6 August - 3 September 2022.

    Director: Kip Williams.

    Designer: Marg Horwell.

    Lighting Designer: Nick Schlieper.

    Composer: Clemence Williams.

    Sound Designer: Michael Toisuta.

    Cast: Matthew Backer and Ewen Leslie.


    Presented by Sydney Theatre Company at Adelaide Festival, Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide, 3-12 March 2023.

    Director: Kip Williams.

    Designer: Marg Horwell.

    Lighting Designer: Nick Schlieper.

    Composer: Clemence Williams.

    Sound Designer: Michael Toisuta.

    Video Editor: Susie Henderson.

    Associate Director: Ian Michael.

    Fight Director: Nigel Poulton.

    Cast: Matthew Backer and Ewen Leslie.

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Works about this Work

Australian Theatre Makers Such as Perth's The Last Great Hunt Are Blending Theatre and Cinema to Make Inventive New Work Hannah Story , 2022 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , August 2022;
A Production to Satisfy Sydney’s Darkest Imaginings: Sydney Theatre Company’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Huw Griffiths , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 11 August 2022;

— Review of Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde Kip Williams , 2022 single work drama

'With their new production, Kip Williams and the Sydney Theatre Company have revisited the artistic and box office success of 2020’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. As with that show, the narrative of Jekyll and Hyde is driven forward by a dazzling mix of live performance, filmed action and recorded video. The intensity this combination brings to the storytelling is, if anything, dialled up in the new production, which hurtles towards its climactic moments with compelling force.' (Introduction)

Both Sides Now Jane Albert , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 July 2022; (p. 6)

— Review of Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde Kip Williams , 2022 single work drama
Both Sides Now Jane Albert , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 July 2022; (p. 6)

— Review of Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde Kip Williams , 2022 single work drama
A Production to Satisfy Sydney’s Darkest Imaginings: Sydney Theatre Company’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Huw Griffiths , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 11 August 2022;

— Review of Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde Kip Williams , 2022 single work drama

'With their new production, Kip Williams and the Sydney Theatre Company have revisited the artistic and box office success of 2020’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. As with that show, the narrative of Jekyll and Hyde is driven forward by a dazzling mix of live performance, filmed action and recorded video. The intensity this combination brings to the storytelling is, if anything, dialled up in the new production, which hurtles towards its climactic moments with compelling force.' (Introduction)

Australian Theatre Makers Such as Perth's The Last Great Hunt Are Blending Theatre and Cinema to Make Inventive New Work Hannah Story , 2022 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , August 2022;
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