Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror story, this dramatic adaptation shows the transformation of the mild-mannered Dr Jekyll into the fiendish Mr Hyde. When Jekyll discovers a drug that can transform him, he becomes able to unleash the dark side of his nature onto the streets of Victorian London. But he soon discovers the price of his double life. What are the themes? The struggle between good and evil, the conscious and unconscious, family relationships, Victorian society and morality. Teaching points With one actor taking the roles of both Jekyll and Hyde, the play allows pupils to more easily understand that these characters are 'one' person. The play is suitable for use either at Key Stage 3, or to support the study of the novel at Key Stage 4.
David Edgar is best known for his adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby" for the RSC (revived in West End, Xmas 2007, Following UK tour), for whom he wrote "Destiny," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "Pentecost" and "The Prisoner's Dilemma." His plays at the National include "The Shape of the Table," "Entertaining Strangers" with Judi Dench, and "Albert Speer."