Stevenson’s classic work The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is brought to life onstage by the performances of members of the Teatro della Luce e dell’Ombra. This is an eclectic company based in Velletri and consisting of under-35s from local drama workshops and experienced actors. The company brings back to the stage a show first performed in Anzio two years ago. The script, by director Gennaro Duccilli, is very faithful to the Scottish writer’s original work, but also develops the theme of the nightmare: Stevenson actually suffered from terrifying nighttime visions which became the inspiration for the staging of horror literature from Rimbaud to Wedekind’s Lulu. This a larger company than the standard these days, with sixteen actors and an old-fashioned show that tours theatres in Rome and the Castelli area but which has also crossed national borders, with Camus’ Caligula in Spanish, as well as Don Quijote and Olokaustos 1944. The staging of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde leaves nothing to chance: the scenery takes the audience to nineteenth-century London and is designed in three sections by internationally-acclaimed artist Sergio Gotti: period details are replicated one by one and the actors move between Dr Jekyll’s laboratory and the city slums which are separated by a grand central staircase that leads up to the ceiling. High couture costumes help to complete the audience’s immersion in the story. The text also contains a reference to the story of Jack the Ripper, recalling a curious coincidence: the show’s opening night in London in August 1888 was also the date of the first murder by the man known as the first serial killer in history.
The stoty has been written by Caterina Grignani, writer.