Jekyll & Hyde - the Musical

Date 8th November 2019
Society Winchester Musicals & Opera Society
Venue The Theatre Royal, Winchester
Type of Production Musical
Director Andrew Hodgson
Musical Director Tim Lutton
Choreographer Jess Eades

Report

Author: Marie Coltman/Kay Rowan

Jekyll & Hyde – the Musical was written for the stage by Steve Cuden & Frank Wildhorn, book & Lyrics by Leslie Bricuss, and music by Frank Wildhorn based on the original story by Robert Louis Stevenson. This is a very powerful and emotional musical which transfixed the audience throughout.

The casting of this show was exemplary.  All the principals worked well together and the balance outstanding.  Matt McGrath maintained the role of both Jekyll & Hyde superbly well changing his body language and tone between roles – from good to evil and back again. The role of Dr Jekyll’s fiancée, Emma Carew, was sympathetically played and beautifully sung by Lisa Axworthy. Lucy, who is bewitched by Dr Jekyll and falls victim to Hyde was well acted and most expressively sung by Molly Moffitt. All three main principals worked very well together.

The whole principal line up was exceptionally well balanced and each and every one had a finely developed persona.  The well-prepared ensemble all added to the story, great facial expressions and movements. Everyone immersed themselves in their roles played their part making this an excellent production.  The choreography by Jess Eades was well thought out, perfectly executed and used the superb set to great effect. 

The crew should take a bow for their input - creative set design, subtle but effective lighting and sound all of which put the finishing touches to all the weeks of hard work put in by the cast.

The director, Andrew Hodgson is to be congratulated for his insight into the story and for being able to convey his ideas to the cast who created such intense but believable characterisations.  Tim Lutton, the musical director, achieved great things with this very talented cast both the solos and the ensemble pieces were excellent especially in tone and dynamic. 

Well done to you all

Marie Coltman NODA Regional Rep and Kay Rowan NODA  SE Councillor