Final casting announced for Hope Dickson Leach’s ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ – Live at Leith Theatre’

Final casting as been announced for The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a unique new theatrical live screen experience and feature film, conceived and directed by Edinburgh filmmaker Hope Dickson Leach.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde will be presented as a theatrical live experience at Leith Theatre from 25 to 27 February 2022 and an ‘As Live’ stream to selected Scottish/UK cinemas on 27 February 2022, with encore screenings in UK cinemas to follow from 28 February 2022. The footage captured during the live performances will subsequently be edited into a full feature film which will be presented on Sky Arts in Autumn 2023.

Leading Scottish actors Lorn Macdonald and Henry Pettigrew will take on the roles of Utterson and Dr Jekyll supported by Tam Dean Burn, Caroline Deyga, Lois Hagerty, David Hayman, Scott Miller, Alison Peebles, Peter Singh and Ali Watts.

Presented by National Theatre of Scotland and Selkie Productions, in association with Screen Scotland and Sky Arts, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Live at Leith Theatre‘ is conceived and directed by Hope Dickson Leach, co-written by Hope Dickson Leach and Vlad Butucea, and based on the iconic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a thrilling new hybrid version of the classic story, adapted from the original novella and relocated from London to Edinburgh. This unique new retelling uses innovative theatrical and cinematic techniques to create a live filmic and theatrical experience. 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.

This gripping new adaptation has been developed with theatre dramaturg Rosie Kellagher. The drama follows Gabriel Utterson as he enters a world of dark 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 background and 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. Concerned by his good friend Dr Henry Jekyll’s recent behaviour, Gabriel Utterson is driven to uncover the identity of the mysterious and dangerous Mr. Hyde, to whom Jekyll is enthralled. Whilst on this search for the truth, Utterson finds himself seduced by the society of Edinburgh’s rich and powerful, but beneath the glossy façade lies a grim and brutal reality. This is a Jekyll and Hyde reworked for a contemporary audience with the themes of power, class and masculinity brought to the fore.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde will be the first livestream film, created and set in Scotland, to be seen by audiences in Scottish cinemas. Theatrical rights have been acquired by leading film distributor Cosmic Cat, who will be streaming the performance into cinemas across Scotland and the UK.

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