Actor James Hyland returns to Ropery Hall

Actor James Hyland returns to Ropery Hall later this month with his adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

“This is chilling and hair-raising storytelling,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.  “This show combines edge-of-your-seat thrills with stunning physical theatre as this classic “bogey tale” is brought chillingly to life in this award-winning one-man production.”

“This carefully planned adaptation, which will be performed on Friday, November 28, builds rapidly to its dramatic conclusion. We are enticed by an assumingly trustworthy and well-informed Jekyll into this dark and gloomy tale where we find ourselves disgusted by Hyde’s corrupt and sinful deeds,” she continued.

“As Mr Hyde, Hyland’s appearance is as grotesque and loathsome as the violent crimes his character commits while in clear contrast as the more refined and educated Dr Jekyll, he is authoritative and retains the same level of power, intensity and conviction in his outing of his alter-ego’s atrocities,” Liz went on.

But it is not just as Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde that Hyland shines, as he fills in for all manner of characters, including a promiscuous old lady and brings a mischievous air to the piece that renders the story all the more unsettling.

Hyland is so versatile in this production that it is hard to imagine a more excellent fit for the roles of Jekyll and Hyde to provide a gripping retelling of this powerful tale.

“Sophisticated and sharp, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is not a production to be missed,” Liz said.

Presented by Brother Wolf in association with Harrogate Theatre Hyland was awarded Best Male Act at the Solo International Festival last year following the play’s sell-out world premiere at Harrogate Theatre.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets, which cost £11 in advance or £13 on the door, can be bought online at, in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.



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