Jonathan Holloway’s visionary adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde revitalizes this dark tale of terror and suspense as a genuinely terrifying thriller for our time. Following successful productions in London and Edinburgh in 2013, acclaimed director and playwright Holloway now creates his own ambitious staging in association with Hong Kong’s international touring outfit, Chung Ying Theatre Company.
Dr Jekyll is here cast as a compelling and hazardous female scientist, who comes to England from the Balkans. Cruelly tormented by unspeakable horrors in her past (resonances of Balkan conflicts and ethnic cleansing), she conducts bizarre scientific experiments as she seeks safety by becoming a man. Using her own body as her laboratory experiment , physical self-harming mirrors the psychological trauma she has endured. This Jekyll tears out the heart of the issues it explores – gender, power, identity, self, freedom and individuality. Jekyll & Hyde is a visual feast that merges Weimer cabaret with a creepily melodramatic aesthetic accompanied by a stunning live audio score and sound that builds up an atmosphere of claustrophobic terror.
Writer-Director, Jonathan Holloway, comments;
This production of Jekyll & Hyde is a rebirth of Red Shift’s much-loved signature style. A favourite with audiences, venues and critics for nearly thirty years, it has been lost to London since 2008. Now Red Shift returns in a genuinely unsettling re-imagining of a popular classic created in association with Hong Kong’s Chung Ying Theatre Company.
Holloway’s Jekyll & Hyde opened in Hong Kong in April 2015. Ching Yung has recruited Jonathan Holloway to realise ambitious international touring productions in spring and summer of 2015 and 2016, supported by UK designer Neil Irish and composer Jon Nicholls.
Platform Theatre, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA Tuesday 28th July – Saturday 8th August 2015
Press Night: Wednesday 29th July, 8pm
£17.50, £15 (concession), £12.50 (UAL students), CSM student special £10 – must book before 1st July