Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The creative team behind The Picture of Dorian Gray is back with a dazzling revival of a classic mystery.

3 Aug - 3 Sep 2022

Roslyn Packer Theatre

The Play


by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted and directed by Kip Williams

A classic mystery, a dazzling transformation

The award-winning creative team behind the sold-out smash hit The Picture of Dorian Gray returns with another vivid adaptation of a Gothic classic, transformed for the stage through engrossing live video. Written and directed by STC Artistic Director Kip Williams, this spellbinding adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s mystery for the ages is set to be an unmissable production on the cutting edge of theatrical and cinematic design.

Penned by one of the English language’s greatest writers, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde follows London lawyer Gabriel Utterson as he attempts to unravel the mysteries surrounding his friend Dr Henry Jekyll and the shadowy new presence in his life: Mr Edward Hyde. One of the most gripping and intricate tales ever told, this chilling detective story has captivated artists and audiences alike for generations.

Two virtuosic actors – Matthew Backer (Cloud NineA Midsummer Night’s DreamChimerica) and Ewen Leslie (Julius CaesarRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadThe War of the Roses) – will perform all the roles in the thrilling chronicle of the doomed and divided Jekyll, the rapacious Hyde, and the transfixed Utterson, caught in between, in a dazzling production that will blur the lines between good and bad, the self and the other, the public and the private, and the artist and the audience.

Approx. duration 1hr 50mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Suicide themes. Subject to change. More info.

Suitable for Years

English Stage 5 & 6

  • Crime Fiction, Victorian Gothic
  • Year 11 Advanced: Narratives that Shape our World
  • English Extension 1 Module: Texts, Culture and Value
  • Links to Frankenstein, English Stage 6: Elective 2 Worlds of Upheaval

Drama Stage 5 & 6

  • Dramatic Forms and Performance Styles: Scripted Drama, Gothic Theatre, Multidisciplinary Theatre
  • Elements of Production in Performance

Themes & Ideas

  • The construction of identity
  • The role of society in shaping human behaviour
  • Temptation, pleasure, depravity, repression and the subconscious

Wed 31 Aug, 11.30am

Term 3
3 Aug - 3 Sep

Approx. duration 1hr 50mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info

1 teacher attends free with up to 20 students and 1 teacher free per 20 students after that
$35/additional teacher
$15/PSFP student

Adapter & Director Kip Williams
Marg Horwell
Lighting Designer 
Nick Schlieper
Clemence Williams
Sound Designer
Michael Toisuta
Video Designer 
David Bergman
Assistant Video Director 
Sarah Hadley
Video Editor 
Susie Henderson
Associate Director 
Ian Michael
Fight Director 
Nigel Poulton
Voice & Text Coach 
Charmian Gradwell

Matthew Backer, Ewen Leslie

Gabriel Fancourt

Marketing image Rene Vaile

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