Stevenson’s Gothic horror brings Phil Daniels to city

Phil Daniels in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Phil Daniels in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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QUADROPHENIA and EastEnders star Phil Daniels make a rare stage appearance in the Capital next week, when he will lead the company in the titular role of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde at The King’s.

Published as the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Gothic novella tells the story of London lawyer Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll and the evil Edward Hyde.

A twisted tale of nerve-jangling horror, this adaptation of Stevenson’s classic thriller finds Daniels playing both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

“I’m playing Jekyll as a posh Edinburgh doctor and Hyde as a Glaswegian,” he explains.

“I’m burying myself in all that, getting deep into characters.

“You have to put the work in. Although I don’t get deep enough to go around murdering people, of course,” he adds.

In this new production, adapted by David Edgar and directed by Kate Saxon, a secret experiment sees the upright and respectable Dr Henry Jekyll split his personality into two, releasing the fiendish and murderous Edward Hyde.

As Hyde brings about mayhem, terror and death in foggy London, can Jekyll find a way to suppress his monstrous alter-ego, before it takes him over for good?

Perhaps best known on TV for his role as Kevin Wicks in EastEnders, Daniels other television credits include Doctor Who, New Tricks, Waking the Dead and Sex, Chips and Rock n Roll.

His films include The Hatton Garden Job, Scum and Chicken Run.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Tuesday 10-Saturday 14 April, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £18-£31.50, 0131-529 6000