Classic story of good and evil

Chelsea Richter and Peter Harrison in rehearsals for Atti Rats' production of Jekyll and Hyde.
Chelsea Richter and Peter Harrison in rehearsals for Atti Rats' production of Jekyll and Hyde.

derbyshirE-based theatre company Attic Rats is ready to stage a thought-provoking adaptation of Jekyll And Hyde at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre from October 6-8.

Audiences will be treated to a powerful Victorian tale which captures the struggle between good and evil, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story.

Director Jonathan Leach said: ”Whilst most of us know the story of Jekyll and Hyde, Attic Rats have made this play quite unique. There are some outstanding actors in the drama, and for those lucky enough to see the play, they will see that the months and months of rehearsing have paid off”.

He continued “The audience will be taken back to Victorian England, with the sounds, costumes and an exceptional stage set. We always ensure we present the highest quality drama, so if anyone is in two minds about seeing the play, don’t be! It is well worth a visit.”

A very experienced and talented cast has been pulled together for this production, from all across Derbyshire including Chesterfield, Belper, Ashbourne, Matlock and Derby.

Peter Harrison takes the lead role of Dr Henry Jekyll. He started acting in the 1990s in Germany and has now become a well-respected local actor.

He commented: “This is the most difficult role I have ever had. It has really demanded me to show such a broad range of emotions. There are so many twist and turns in the play, so those has really pushed me to use all my skills, knowledge and experience of acting. I am to determined to make this my best ever performance.”

To complement Jekyll and Hyde, Jonathan Leach has written a 20-minute introduction, Asylum. This is set in a Victorian lunatic asylum.

Jonathan explained: “Victorian lunatic asylums could be quite frightening and dark. The short piece of drama illustrates an ignorance of the times towards those with mental health problems”

Attic Rats is inviting the public to enjoy the curiosities of a Victorian sideshow which is being organised alongside the forthcoming production to raise money for charity Umbrella.

Tickets to see this production of Jekyll And Hyde, with Asylum, are available by calling the box office on 01332 255800.