Hybrid Version of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Set for Leith Theatre

The National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) has joined forces with Selkie Productions to bring, in association with Screen Scotland and Sky Arts, a unique retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic storypublished in 1886, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Using innovative theatrical and cinematic techniques to create a live filmic and theatrical experience, this new hybrid version adapted from the original novella and relocated from London to Edinburgh, is conceived and directed by award-winning Edinburgh based filmmaker, Hope Dickson Leach.

Entering a live filmset built within the atmospheric setting of Edinburgh’s historic Leith Theatre, audiences will witness the simultaneous creation and screening in this one-off experience.

Following the final performance on 27th February 2022, the show, the first of its kind to be created and set in Scotland, will be livestreamed to selected Scottish cinemas. The show will then be screened ‘as live’ during the week of 28th February in UK cinemas. The footage captured during the performances will subsequently be edited into a full feature film, to be broadcast on Sky Arts in 2023.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, recreatedby Hope Dickson Leach and Vlad Butucea, follows Gabriel Utterson as he enters a world of duplicity to uncover the identity of the mysterious Mr Hyde and the hold he has over Utterson’s old friend Dr Jekyll.

In this version, Utterson’s journey is set against the backdrop of Victorian Edinburgh, where the wealth of the breweries is contrasted with the poverty of the Cowgate Vaults, exposing an underbelly of dark truths and corruption. Bewitched by the society of Edinburgh’s rich and powerful, Utterson soon discovers that behind the genteel façade there is a grim and brutal reality. This is a Jekyll and Hyde reworked for a contemporary audience.

The film, that will be shot in black and white, features new electronic music by acclaimed DJ Hudson Mohawke. Audience members will be able to enjoy bespoke cocktails from the Jekyll and Hyde theatre bars in the iconic Leith Theatre that will be transformed into film set location scenes of Victorian Edinburgh.

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Chief Executive and Artistic Director (NTS) Jackie Wylie said We are thrilled to be kicking off 2022 with The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, …. The National Theatre of Scotland has been increasing its digital and screen presence over the last two years with a programme of unique hybrid projects created to respond to the challenging times of Covid to ensure we can continue producing thrilling theatrical works for audiences, working with the best artistic talent in Scotland and extending the number of people we can reach.

“Conceived during lockdown as both a live experience and as a feature film, we are delighted to be working at Leith Theatre for the first time and to renew our creative relationship with the brilliant Edinburgh based Hope Dickson Leach, following the success of Ghost Light in 2020.”

Live at Leith Theatre will run from 25th to 27th February 2022 at 7pm with Audio described and captioned performances on Friday 25th February and BSL interpreted performance on Saturday 26th February.

Tickets are available at www.nationaltheatrescotland.com

Irene Brown

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