Set in 1930's London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies, the drama will pay homage to the Stevenson novel, and focus on the young, attractive, troubled hero, Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor.
At the heart of the drama is Robert Jekyll's quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse'. Jekyll transforms into Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when his or the lives of others are threatened.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Jekyll and Hyde - Adaptations of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Netflix
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886. It is about a London lawyer who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll and the misanthropic Mr. Hyde. The work is known for its vivid portrayal of a split personality, and since the 1880s dozens of stage and film adaptations have been produced. Until 2012, with the publication of Strange Case of Mr. Bodkin and Father Whitechapel by Elias Keller, there had been no major adaptations of the novel that remain faithful to the narrative structure of Stevenson's original. Most omit the figure of Utterson, telling the story from Jekyll's and Hyde's viewpoint and often having them played by the same actor, thus eliminating entirely the mystery aspect of the true identity of Hyde, which was the original's twist ending and not the basic premise it is today. Many adaptations also introduce a romantic element which does not exist in the original story. While Hyde is portrayed in the novella as an evil-looking man of diminutive height, many adaptations have taken liberties with the character's physical appearance, sometimes depicting him with bestial or monstrous features. There are over 123 film versions, not including stage and radio, as well as a number of parodies and imitations. Notable examples are listed below in chronological order.
Jekyll and Hyde - Stage - Netflix
1887, a play in four acts. Thomas Russell Sullivan's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde opened in Boston in May 1887. The first serious theatrical rendering, it went on to tour Britain and ran for 20 years. It became forever linked with Richard Mansfield's performance; he continued playing the part until shortly before his death in 1907. Sullivan reworked the plot to centre around a domestic love interest. 1888, a play in four acts. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written by John McKinney in collaboration with the actor Daniel E. Bandmann. It opened at Niblo's Garden in March 1887 with Bandmann in the title role. Later that year it competed directly with Sullivan's 1887 adaptation, when both opened in London within days of each other. 1897, a play in four acts. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Or a Mis-Spent Life was written by Luella Forepaugh and George F. Fish for the repertory company at Forepaugh's Family Theatre in Philadelphia, where it debuted in March 1897. Published in 1904 by Samuel French, Inc. for use by other theatre companies. 1900, a play in four acts. Unproduced adaptation by Marcel Schwob and Vance Thompson. 1990, musical U.S. Jekyll & Hyde. Music by Frank Wildhorn, book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Originally conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn. This musical features the song “This Is The Moment”. 1991, stage play, opened in London. Written by David Edgar for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The play is notable for its fidelity to the book's plot. 1994, a musical for schools opened, Jekyll!, written by Alex Went, with music by John Moore, and directed by Peter Fanning. First performed at Shrewsbury School in 1994. The touring production at the 1995 Edinburgh Fringe was awarded a Fringe First for outstanding new drama. 2009, a new theatrical adaptation by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, for Tony Award–winning local Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. 2010, The Holden Kemble Theatre Company run a new adaptation titled The Scandalous Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at the Edinburgh Festival and then a 31⁄2 week run at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick, London. 2012, Synetic Theater runs a critically acclaimed silent adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde featuring Alex Mills as Jekyll/Hyde, Peter Pereyra as Lanyon, and Brittany O'Grady as the Fiancee. 2012, new version by Jonathan Holloway workshopped and premiered at The Courtyard Theatre, London, featuring Melody Roche as Jekyll, Charlie Allen as Utterson and Gary Blair as Enfield. 2013, a version of the story presented by Flipping the Bird at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, explores the unique twist of Jekyll as a woman, Doctor Tajemnica Jekyll, recently arrived in London from an unspecified foreign country, whose transformation to Edward Hyde came about as part of her desire to defy social boundaries. Utterson serves as her lover and lawyer, while she claims Hyde is her deformed nephew before admitting the truth. 2013, Four of Swords staged an Arts Council England-funded adaptation of the story at Poltimore House, Devon. 2016, Bangor English Dramatic Society will stage a version of 'A New Case of Jekyll and Hyde' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, transferring the story to a modern setting, dealing with how Mrs Elizabeth Jekyll helps her husband recover from post traumatic stress disorder, through making a serum and testing it on herself. This serum appears to lower inhibitions rather than explicitly releasing the darker side of the subject, with Elizabeth apparently more aggressive than other subjects as she drank alcohol shortly after consuming the serum, subsequently using smaller doses of it in drinks to make her associates- such as her friend Harriet Lanyon and psychiatrist Doctor Utterson- more suggestible to her commands.
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