132 years of Jekyll & Hyde

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‘It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.’

On this day in 1886 Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, was released in the USA to great critical acclaim, but it wasn’t until 25 January when The Times reviewer Andrew Lang praised the work as ‘finished study in the art of fantastical literature’ that book shops in the UK began to stock it. It went on to sell 40,000 copies within the next six months.

Since its publication, over 120 stage and film adaptations have revisited this vivid story of the doctor and his alter ego, including Drew McOnie’s 2016 dance production which was performed at The Old Vic from 20 – 28 May.

‘Very few choreographers know how to tell a story; incoherence has become the rule, rather than the exception. In his enthralling new production of Jekyll & Hyde, the Olivier award-winning director and choreographer Drew McOnie shows us how it should be done.’ The Observer

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