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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Stratford Productions

theatre, spoken-word-and-live-literature

A compelling one-man show based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic mystery tale of the inexorable conflict between good and evil

about the production

A compelling one-man show (adapted and performed by Mark Stratford) based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic mystery tale of the inexorable conflict between good and evil. This stage version is a faithful adaptation bringing Stevenson’s gripping narrative and fascinating array of characters vividly to life through a combination of powerful story-telling and stunning physical theatre.

about the artist

Stratford Productions was set up in 2019 by actor/writer Mark Stratford in order to produce and tour his two one-man plays: (1) "Drama King" - the story of one of the 19th Century’s greatest actor-managers, William Charles Macready, and; (2) "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" - adapted from the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. Mark's aim is to perform the shows to as many people as possible by taking them to as many suitable venues in the UK as possible. The shows have been performed at the Camden, Watford and Brighton Fringes.

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stage dimensions

width: 5 metres

height: 3 metres

depth: 3 metres

End-on staging works best. Use of venue’s lighting and sound equipment needed. Venue technician needed for LX and SX set-up and operation. Fully marked LX and SX cue script available on day of get-in or in advance. LX plan available on day of get-in or in advance. Ideally approx. 7 different standard lighting states required.
SX plan and sound files available on day of get-in or in advance. Minimal set provided by the company: 1 small table, 2 chairs, 1 side table and a lecturn. Venue to provide foh staff.

Schools KS3 audiences (especially those studying ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ for GCSE English).
Victorian and/or thriller-mystery-suspense lovers.
People who like a good story.
Anyone aged 11+ (including suitable for families)

“...The story of Dr Jekyll and his alter ego, the evil Mr Hyde is a well-known one but so compelling was Mark’s performance that for long periods you could have heard a pin drop in the theatre. Whether in the role of the gruff Inspector Newcomen, the narrator and central character Gabriel John Utterson, the upright Dr Jekyll and the evil hunch-backed Hyde, he was outstanding…a wonderful theatrical experience."

Herts Advertiser

“One man shows, done well, are absorbing and showcase actors at the top of their game; if not they risk being entertaining for the wrong reasons. Thankfully, Stratford’s performance is so good it belongs in the former category.”

Remote Goat

“As the story unfolds, we begin to see moments of Mr Hyde, and from here on in we are well and truly hooked..."

Views from the Gods

The performance could be made accessible by venues providing interpreters or captioning/audio description equipment.

Happy to include a post-show discussion / Q&A by advance request at no extra cost.

Ideal preference is a guaranteed fee of £1000.00 per performance. Additional charges may apply subject to distance travelled from home (Watford, Hertfordshire) and if overnight accommodation is required. All negotiable. VAT does not apply.

The show involves only 1 person (the performer) and so only 1 dressing room/area is required. The performer never leaves the stage during the performance.