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“The object of power is power.” George Orwell
Based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson
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, Mayor 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, Jekyll’s victory seems almost inevitable.
However, as voting day draws ever nearer, Gabrielle Utterson, Jekyll’s press secretary grows increasingly suspicious of the mayor’s close friend – Mister Edward Hyde. As the
rumours and accusations multiply, Utterson must race to uncover exactly what power Hyde holds over Jekyll – culminating in a final dark night, where all secrets are told, all truths are found, and a dreadful reckoning will take place.
Fifteen-times Off West End Award-nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre brings its critically-acclaimed modern twist to Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic gothic classic to the stage as a gripping political thriller set in the halls of American power.
Written by Ross McGregor, 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 students of the text; and the perfect launching point for newcomers to the tale.
Contains violence and strong language. Suitable for 14+
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England