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Bishop's Stortford Musical Theatre Company bring a musical horror-drama to the Rhodes stage

Charlotte Tarran, one of Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company’s many talented performers, writes about the award-winning arts group’s next production.

The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life in the musical phenomenon Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical at the Rhodes Arts Complex this November (11 to 16).

Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson, the show is a dark and evocative tale of two men – one a passionate doctor, the other a terrifying madman – and two women, both in love with the same man yet unaware of his dark secret.

The award-winning and talented BSMTC return for their annual production, and this time it’s going to be bloody. Following on from Oklahoma in 2018, and the sellout Sister Act in 2017, the versatile BSMTC are once again under the talented direction of David James, choreography by Elsa Springham and debuting Fran Jefferies as musical director.

The show follows the tale of Dr Henry Jekyll (Darrell Williams) on his quest to find a cure for all evil in the world. The denial of his request for a test subject leads Jekyll to experiment on himself. His fiancé, Emma (Alex Outlaw) and friend Utterson (Daniel Abbott) become increasingly concerned for Jekyll’s welfare as he retreats further into his dangerous experiments, but can they stop him before they lose him forever?

They’re right to be concerned as all is not well and the consequences, manifesting in the form of Mr Edward Hyde (James Jefferies), will be gruesome and deadly.

As he delves further into the dark underworld of Victorian London, Jekyll meets Lucy Harris (Lucy Powell). Lucy dreams of finding happiness and love; a new life away from her role as the main attraction at the Red Rat brothel, where she and the other girls serve under the watchful eye of their violent Madam, Spider (Charlotte Tarran).

However, nothing compares to the wrath of Mr Hyde as he stalks London, acting on his animal impulses and carnal desires. Is anybody safe? Is anything as it seems? Do any of us know what’s behind the façade?

Featuring an electrifying score from multi-Grammy and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, this promises to be a chilling and thrilling night out.

The show has strong adult themes and may not be suitable for younger audiences. Performances start at 7.30pm each day, and there is a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01279 710200. Discounted tickets are available for the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday performances.

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