“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.
Q & A
On 6th September the cast of Jekyll and Hyde will be joined by writer and director Ross McGregor for a Q&A hosted by the esteemed theatre advocate and social media influencer Terri Paddock. Arrows & Traps are renowned for their bold, alternative and modern takes on classic texts, and Jekyll and Hyde will seek to be no different. As one of the set texts on the English GCSE syllabus the Q&A provides the perfect opportunity for students, as well as the general public, to vocalise their questions and ponder on a story which, whilst venturing two centuries on from Stevenson’s original novel, now depicts a disturbingly accurate state of the American senate and the corruption within it.
Press for previous productions
Ross McGregor’s spellbinding biopic is visceral, delectable, and true… Taro joins physical theatre legends Gecko and Frantic Assembly in its ability to thrill and engage its audience. Packed with sentimentality and warmth, Gerda Taro’s legacy is one to be remembered for generations to come. ★★★★★ The Upcoming
Arrows & Traps’ Taro is visually and emotionally stunning… Just sublime. ★★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions
Arrows & Traps have produced an astonishing show…The first half is told through joyous, hopeful, witty flashbacks, with some brilliantly quotable lines… McGregor gives us a story of a young generation’s courage, as they fight to reclaim their country from those who are destroying it. ★★★★★ Stage Review on The White Rose
A production that grips from start to finish. National tour, please ★★★★★ London Pub Theatres on The White Rose
Between the well-developed characters across the board, the choreography that allows the scenes to effortlessly flow into each other and a myriad of other elements The White Rose is an exceptional production… a reminder that ‘speaking out’ is never a ‘passive’ option – that’s one’s words do matter and have consequences. ★★★★★ Breaking the Fourth Wall
The White Rose really is a production where everything has come together beautifully… it cannot be faulted and, If I had my way, a pretty sharpish transfer to the west end would definitely follow this run at the Jack ★★★★★ Lastminute Theatre Tickets
The acting throughout the company is top notch… All in all a wonderful night in the theatre. I urge you to see this production. ★★★★★ London Pub Theatres on Dracula.