JEKYLL & HYDE | 15 Oct - 05 Nov
"Exceptional... affecting, exciting and electrifying" -Essential Surrey
“Extraordinary virtuosity and flair… Luminescent and ethereal” -The Reviews Hub
“Breathtakingly wonderful” -LondonTheatre1
“Raw And Affecting” -Guildford Dragon
“Gripping… Divine and dangerous” -British Theatre Guide
"A Triumph" -Surrey Advertiser
“I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked… and the thought, in that moment, braced and delighted me like wine.”
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Victorian gothic masterpiece has fascinated readers and audiences for over 130 years.
The riveting novella explores the respectable Dr Jekyll’s association with a mysterious and violent man called Edward Hyde. Through the eyes of Jekyll’s friend Utterson, we learn of the diabolical experiment Jekyll has carried out and are brought face to face with humanity’s basest capacity for evil.
Now GSC invite you to experience Stevenson’s gripping tale in a captivating stage adaptation which places a single actor - Samuel Collings - centre stage. Scroll down to hear from Samuel himself.
Written by Caroline Devlin (King Arthur, Henry V OnComm Awards 2022) who has revisited her adaptation especially for GSC and the evocative setting of St Nicolas’ Church, and directed by Marieke Audsley this promises to be an unmissable theatrical event.
MEET DR JEKYLL
We're thrilled to welcome SAMUEL COLLINGS back to Guildford who will be playing all characters as well as the titular Jekyll and Hyde. Samuel most recently played Hector MacQueen in Murder on the Orient Express for Chichester Festival Theatre. His extensive credits include Shakespeare’s Globe, RSC, Royal Exchange Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith; on radio he played Captain Berg in BBC Radio 4’s War & Peace (2019); and on television the recurring character of Edmund Fanning in the hit series Outlander. Samuel played the role of Cloten in our staged reading of Cymbeline in 2016.
Watch our conversation with Samuel for your first sneak peek into what lies in store!
Adaptor, CAROLINE DEVLIN
Caroline co-wrote R-3 (based on the life of King Richard III) which was nominated for an Off West End award for Best Director. Her adaptation of Henry V for GSC won an OnComm Award in 2022. She has also written two further one-person shows and GSC's 2017 epic family show, The Legend Of King Arthur.
"Stevenson's extraordinary tale caused shockwaves on publication, Victorians were outraged and tantalised in equal measure and in over 130 years, the story of Jekyll and Hyde has not lost a jot of its power to horrify and intrigue us. From an action as simple as seeing a man unlock a door, we're thrust into the twisted corridors of the human mind and forced to confront our deepest desires and secret fears... ultimately this blisteringly visceral story asks us - what would you do if you knew you could get away with it?"
Photo Matt Pereira
Sound Designer, MATT EATON
Matt has been working with GSC for over 10 years. His many credits include The Tempest, Hamlet, All's Well That Ends Well (Off West End Award for Best Sound Winner 2020), Alice in Wonderland, Romeo & Juliet, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, King Lear, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Richard III, and Othello.
Director, MARIEKE AUDSLEY
Marieke's previous work includes Julius Caesar for the RSC and Sleight & Hand by Chris Bush at Summerhall in Edinburgh (with Samuel Collings) which was broadcast to 30 Odeon cinemas nationwide and BBC iPlayer. As an Associate, Marieke has also worked on numerous RSC productions and with the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in the West End. This is Marieke’s first time working with GSC.
“I am so excited to be bringing Jekyll & Hyde, this incredible novella, to the stage, in one of the most beautiful churches in Guildford, with one amazing actor… the perfect thing to watch on your dark autumnal evening”.
Photo Alex Brenner
Lighting Designer, MARK DYMOCK
Mark has worked on various shows for GSC, including Hamlet; Tales From Hans Christian Andersen; Macbeth; All’s Well That Ends Well; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Measure for Measure; Alice in Wonderland (2018); Love's Labour's Lost; King Arthur and Grimms’ Fairy Tales. He is OFFIE nominated for Best Lighting Design for his work on Don't Look Now at Queen's Theatre.
Movement Director, ASHA JENNINGS-GRANT
Asha is a London-based Movement Director and Intimacy Coordinator/Director for stage and screen. She received an MA in Movement at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Credits include All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe).