Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical Review (Darlington Operatic Society)

Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical Review (Darlington Operatic Society)

Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical

Since its publication in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” has continued to shock audiences in its original form as a novella and in numerous adaptations.

Arguably one of the most well-known adaptations is the musical, which has mesmerized audiences all over the world, including on Broadway where the production earned four Tony Award nominations. Now, the Darlington Operatic Society have brought the thrills, romance and chills of Stevenson’s creation to Darlington Hippodrome.

“Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical” follows Dr. Henry Jekyll, who is convinced the cure for his father’s mental illness lies in the separation of Man’s evil nature from his good. After unwittingly unleashing his own dark side, the doctor wreaks havoc in the streets of late 19th-century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.

Jekyll and Hyde - Cast

Darlington Operatic Society’s most recent offerings have been light-hearted, feel-good productions, including performances of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Top Hat” and “Strictly Musicals 2”. However, the amateur theatre company (in name only) have proven their diverse range of talents with a thrilling, pulse-pounding musical, directed by Joanne Hand.

In the lead role of Dr Jekyll/Hyde, Julian Cound proves to be delightfully creepy, with seemingly-effortless transitions between the alter egos, whilst also injecting a real sense of enigma and insanity into the character in equal parts.

He is joined by an extremely talented ensemble of varying ages, who certainly look their part in delightful Victorian attire. However, it’s Rhiannon Walker (as Lucy Harris) who particularly stands out, with an excellent stage presence and stunning vocals to match, highlighted during a spine-tingling duet with the equally as impressive Beth Hopper (Emma Carew).

Jekyll and Hyde - Lucy Harris

Adding to the sense and mystery of Jekyll/Hyde’s struggle is an inspired use of lighting and special effects, as well as the 17-piece orchestra under the guidance of musical director Steven Hood. They provide a chilling soundtrack to the proceedings, accompanied by the on-stage cast’s step-perfect choreography.

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Summary

“Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical” may have been out of Darlington Operatic Society’s usual comfort zone. However, it’s a risk that has paid off with the talented ensemble delivering high production values. Go see it (if you dare)…

The Darlington Operatic Society production of “Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical” is at Darlington Hippodrome from Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 until Saturday, November 2nd, 2019.

Tickets are available from the Darlington Operatic Society box office on 01325 244659 or via their website.