Jekyll and Hyde Darlington Operatic Society October 2019

The nights may now be dreary and cold but what better way to warm you up by getting your blood pumped up (Well it is Halloween time!) and settling down to watch DOS Jekyll and Hyde at the Hippodrome theatre. DOS always guarantee you an amazing show and with this production they offer something dark and gothic too. The musical is loosely based on the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson which itself is a narrative about the complexities of science and the duplicity of human nature. Dr Jekyll is a kind, well-respected and intelligent scientist who meddles with the darker side of science, as he wants to bring out his ‘second’ nature.

He does this through transforming himself into Mr Hyde – his evil alter ego who doesn’t repent or accept responsibility for his evil crimes and ways. Jekyll tries to control his alter ego, Hyde, and for a while, Jekyll has the power. However, towards the end Hyde takes over and you’ll find out what happens then! The choral numbers instantly packed a punch with their opening number and there was an obvious division of the upper and lower classes. This thread ran through the show and the beautiful vocals of particularly Beth Hopper and Rhiannon Walker really helped lift the doom and gloominess of the plot line. Christopher McCann stood out as John Utterson, Julian played a solid part as the demanding lead Dr Jekyll. The prostitute girls really portrayed life in the underbelly of London and were brilliant movers. I was engrossed throughout the show and thought the show could have been being played in the West end, there was little difference to professional productions I have seen and DOS just raises the bar higher in every show they put on stage.

The stunning Rhiannon Walker starring with talented lead performer Julian Cound

All of the members if the chorus added to the spectacular emotion of the production what voices!

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