Listened to it and genuinely surprised it actually adapted the book. No seriously. It adapts the actual book.
From what I can remember from seeing the original Nick Briggs stage play, it was a very faithful adaptation of the novel.
Honestly that’s surprising since there really aren’t adaptations (at least on film) that follow the novella because everyone knows the twist. (Though when I read it for a college rhetoric class my professor laughed her ass off when half the class hadn’t even heard of the story).
Of the many versions and reimaginings of Jekyll and Hyde, my favourites would be Christopher Lee’s reading of the original story (where he really conveys the sense of tragedy within the horror); also, an early ‘70s film called I, Monster, again featuring Lee, is excellent – even if the main characters are renamed Marlowe and Black for some bizarre reason!
I began to wonder if this version was to be told in retrospective conversation. One of the traits of Nick Briggs’ writing is to have people talking about things that have happened, rather than allowing the audience witness those things themselves. Not that the character’s recounting their experiences of the elusive Mr Hyde isn’t evocatively written – and compellingly played – because it is!
When Hyde makes his entrance, things become taught and frightening. We get to know him long before we get to know his alter-ego, which is an interesting development; John Heffernan puts in a great performance. It worried me a little to hear Clare Corbett would be playing 6 characters – all the females in this (including Poole, previously male) - but all her performances are exceptional. I think she might be the star of the show.
My only issue with this version is that Jekyll is kept too far in the background. We never know him before his ‘curse’ has begun, and so all the stories of his good character either come from others, or his own journal. His suffering is wince-inducingly good though!
This is a very worthwhile adaption, faithful to the novella but tweaked enough to still retain some surprises. One of my favourite BFs of the year so far.
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