Review of Jekyll and Hyde produced by King’s Company in the Hayward Theatre at the King’s School Ely

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Jekyll and Hyde produced by King’s Company in the Hayward Theatre Ely was no ordinary production. With sophisticated awareness, these fine performers captured exactly the spirit and the age of Dr Jekyll and his obsession with the good and evil of man. Director Nick Huntington inspired this company to present a show that was worthy of considerable acclaim and was a testament to the talent and dedication of its youthful cast.

Jekyll and Hyde (Sam Graham) metamorphosed from a dedicated doctor to the epitome of evil with realism, his acting and singing prowess in no doubt. One of his most unforgettable moments was when he was alone on stage, his two personalities in battle. Sudden changes in timing, stance, gesture, voice, breathing and tone emphasized the contrast of the good doctor and the evil monster within that his experiments with chemicals and his hypocrisy had revealed. The lighting effects here were particularly impressive.

Emma (Lydia Crussell) was a beautiful much troubled fiancée, Lucy (Lexi Hill) a delectable lady of the night and John Utterson (Dan Simmons) a credibly concerned ally. There were a host of other splendid characters that helped to highlight the endemic hypocrisy of their society: Sir Danvers Carew (Lawrence Perkins), Simon Stride (Jack Riordan), Sir Archibald Proops QC (Will Oliver), Lord Savage (Ollie Hill), General Lord Glossop/Spider (Rob Atkinson), Lady Beaconsfield (Isobel Leventhorpe) and The Bishop of Basingstoke (Harry Ixer). Poole (Sally Cheng), Jekyll’s father (Eddy Kronberg), young men (Andrew Payne and Will Chandler),  Bissett the Apothecary (Kirill Rybkin) , Newsboy (Sophie Emms) and Nellie (Sarah Foss), the showgirls and chorus were additional performers that moved the plot along splendidly, their fine clear voices and lithe actions adding spice to dramatic events.   

The music was first rate. The singing was particularly tuneful and moving, the orchestra (directed by Graham Griggs) of professional standing even when out of sight backstage. Some of the most moving numbers included Lost in the darkness, Letting Go, This is the moment, Someone Like You, Once upon a Dream, A New Life and Confrontation.

 Amazing, versatile sets, seamless stage managing, excellent lighting, sound and effects, admirable costumes and moments of captivating choreography all helped to make this mammoth production well worth attending.

Future King’s School events to enjoy include:

Summer Term Showcase Monday 26th Aprilk 2010, 7.30p.m. and Thursday 13th May, 7. p.m. (free)

Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors in the Priory Gardens 5th and 6th July 2010 at 7 p.m.  (free)

Contact: for more information about King’s Company, contact the Director of Performing Studies, Adella Charlton,

About other King’s School Ely events: tel: (01353)653939


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