“The object of power is power.” George Orwell
2020. The President Of The United States has fallen, impeached for corruption and now awaits trial. As the American senate slides into chaos, election fever grips the nation. In the wake of yet another mass shooting, Senator Henry Jekyll, a bold, young, liberal independent, announces his candidacy to run for the Oval Office. His one promise: to end America’s toxic love affair with guns. Emboldened by a landmark level of public support, and the backing of Big Pharma, Jekyll’s victory seems almost inevitable.
However, as Voting Day draws ever nearer, Gabrielle Utterson, Jekyll’s campaign manager grows increasingly suspicious of her senator’s running mate – Mister Edward Hyde. As the rumours and accusations multiply, Utterson must race to uncover exactly what power Hyde holds over Jekyll – before he becomes just one heartbeat away from the most powerful man in the free world.
Thirteen-time Off West End Award-Nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre bring their critically-acclaimed modern twist to Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic gothic classic, reimagining it as a gripping political thriller set in the halls of American power. This bold new adaptation stays true to the original text’s themes, making it a great night of entertainment for fans for the novella, a thrilling and clear physicalisation for GCSE students of the text, and the perfect launching point for newcomers to the tale.
Contains violence and strong language. Suitable for 14+
Press for this production
clever and compelling take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel… an incredibly well thought out piece of theatre that grips and entertains the whole way through. ★★★★★ Spy in the Stalls
McGregor the writer has created a modern masterpiece, full of unexpected twists and turns… Performances from the cast of five are uniformly excellent… A triumph. ★★★★★ Stage Review
McGregor has written multi-layered and fascinating roles that tell this familiar story with both immediacy and fatalism… The total theatrical package – another stunner from Arrows & Traps. ★★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions
The production values are first rate… It all adds up to a thought-provoking night which no theatre lover should miss! ★★★★★ London Living Large
McGregor takes Stevenson’s work and makes it utterly enthralling and relevant for us today… Do yourself a favour and head to the Brockley Jack as soon as you can. ★★★★★ London Pub Theatres
thoughtful and perceptive production ★★★★ London Theatre 1
Ross McGregor’s riveting – and gloriously topical – reworking took me by surprise. ★★★★ Sardines
a challenging piece for audiences who will hopefully realise new depths to human complexities in today’s world. ★★★★ Pocket Size Theatre
It’s Jekyll and Hyde for a new generation: an endlessly thought-provoking, unsettling, enthralling production that’s not to be missed. Theatre Things
Performances hit the mark from top to bottom…. a contemporary adaptation that speaks to the ages. There Ought to be Clowns