A compelling solo show based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic mystery tale of the inexorable conflict between good and evil
about the production
A compelling solo 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 masterful character creation.
about the artist
Stratford Productions was set up in 2019 by actor/writer Mark Stratford in order to produce and tour his two solo 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.
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)
"Stratford’s stellar performance carries the play... Stratford is a fine actor and embodies the half a dozen or so characters he plays very well, with good separation of physicality and varying vocalisation for each different person in the story. He is enjoyable to watch at work; his most striking role being that of the animalistic Edward Hyde. It is a performance that brings to mind Willem Defoe’s portrayal of the Green Goblin in the Spiderman films; both mesmerising and somewhat unhinged.”
“As the story unfolds, we begin to see moments of Mr Hyde, and from here on in we are well and truly hooked... Stratford's transformation (into Hyde)...is purely a physical one, and is done extremely well… The hunched body, difference in gait...are all wonderfully gruesome techniques...to bring out the carnality of the beast... This is a very well-told rendition, faithful to Stevenson, and leaves us pondering the questions raised about inner amoral feelings and how to control them. Attempting to purge or repress them does not destroy them, but is destroying them completely really better?”
“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.”
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.
Ideally a guarantee of £600 (including travel/accommodation) but happy to negotiate depending on budget, capacity and location including box office splits. 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.