We’re excited to announce the case of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Natasha Bain is Lady Gabriel
You might recognise Natasha from her previous roles at Storyhouse – she has been Aunt Em/Good Witch Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (Christmas 2018), and was Tituba in The Crucible (2018) and Mrs Nordstrom in A Little Night Music.
Her most recent other productions have included The Third Day (HBO/Sky Production); Wonder Girl First Bites (Festival Oval House); Trace (New Diorama); Richard II (The Arcola); In The Blood (Finborough); The Wedding Dance (Bolton Octagon); The Royal Hunt of The Sun (National Theatre); The Lion & The Jewel (Barbican Theatre); The Gondoliers/The Water Babies (Chichester); The Lion King (Lyceum); Merry Wives of Windsor & Twelfth Night (Regents Park Open Air Theatre).
Natasha said: “It’s great to be playing a female scientist in the 19th Century and to be back in Chester for a third time!”
Matthew Flynn is Mr Hyde
Matthew Flynn was John Proctor in The Crucible at Storyhouse in 2018.
Other recent productions have included Agnes Colander (Ustinov Bath); Child of Science (Bush); City Stories (59e59 Theatre New York); I am a Walrus (Young Vic); WarHorse (National Theatre/West End); Children of the Sun (National Theatre); Mare Rider (Arcola); 55 Days and Wild Honey (Hampstead); Henry Vth and Troilus and Cressida (Globe Theatre).
Edward Harrison is Dr Jekyll
Edward Harrison was Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac at Storyhouse’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre in 2013, along with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello.
His recent other productions include: Skellig (Nottingham Playhouse); Shakespeare in Love (Theatre Royal Bath & Eleanor Lloyd Productions UK Tour); Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); Baskerville (Liverpool Playhouse); Constellations (Singapore Repertory Theatre); All My Sons (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies (Royal Shakespeare Company, Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway).
Edward says “I play Doctor Henry Jekyll who is at war…with himself. The challenge is exciting. I was last in Chester playing Cyrano in Grosvenor Park back in 2013 when Storyhouse was still a sketch on a page. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to return to the city and see it realised in such a brilliant way. And it goes beyond the building itself – it’s the people and spirit behind it. I love scary stories. Victorian London. Mist. Murder. Monsters. But I’m discovering that it’s more than that. There are real guts to this play in terms of morality and what it means to be a human being.”
Rosa Hesmondhalgh is Rose
This is Rosa’s first time at Storyhouse!
Rosa is a recent graduate from LAMDA, and her recent productions include: A Christmas Carol (Hull Truck); Trial By Laughter (Watermill and UK tour); Just A Woman (BBC Radio 4). Rosa has also just returned from Edinburgh where she wrote and performed in her critically acclaimed one woman show, Madame Ovary.
Rosa says “I play Rose, who is a completely new and exciting part of this story. She’s Lady Utterson’s niece, from Devon, and she doesn’t care in the slightest about how a Victorian lady is supposed to behave, or rules, or regulations. She likes Science, she likes knowing the answers to things, and she’s not going to let anyone get in the way of that. I’m so excited to be at Storyhouse for the first time. I’ve wanted to work here since it was built, and it honestly does feel like being welcomed in to a wonderful family. I actually did a modern adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde at secondary school, for the yearly school play. Honestly, I don’t remember being very good in it. Maybe this is my chance to redeem myself. ”
Find out more about The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde here.