Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Tuesday 22 November - Saturday 26 November, 19.00 - ALL PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT
A production by Food for Thought Theatre staged in Pitt Rivers Museum
For 5 nights only, Food for Thought Theatre will be bringing Jekyll and Hyde to the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Based on the classic 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Jekyll and Hyde is about the complexities of science and the duplicity of human nature, an evocative tale of two men - one a doctor, passionate and romantic and his terrifying alter ego.
This new immersive production will take place in the main museum space, with cast and audience weaving their way through the densely packed display cases. The performance will benefit from a bold lighting and sound design, combined with intelligent somatic direction to push the boundaries of this Victorian tale.
Originally written just two years after the foundation of the Pitt Rivers Museum, the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a classic masterpiece of its time. However, unlike our Victorian museum which has constantly changed and evolved, the story reflects views of mental health and morality which are a snapshot of the time when it was written. Whilst this interpretation aims to challenge some of these perceptions, it is important to be aware that this is a historic drama in a contemporary museum and that these historical views are not ones held by the Museum today.