Review: Jekyll and Hyde

PUBLISHED: 16:30 05 May 2011 | UPDATED: 16:30 05 May 2011

Credit Simon Fowler

Credit Simon Fowler

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MARTI Pellow was greeted with a standing ovation as the musical adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde came to a climactic end at Bristol's Hippodrome last night.

The hugely-successful singer and songwriter, who shot to fame in the 90s with his band Wet Wet Wet, is playing the double role of Dr Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde in the stage play of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic book – and he certainly played it well.

Pellow showed off his brilliant singing skills in a range of solo songs and his transformation between Dr Jekyll, a caring and passionate scientist, to the evil and subconscious persona of Mr Hyde was a joy to watch.

Duets with his fiancée Emma, played by Sarah Earnshaw, and love interest Lucy, played by understudy Carolyn Maitland, were powerful and full of emotion which awed the audience.

The switch between the serious but soft Dr Jekyll and carnal My Hyde was at times humorous – this injection of comedy was needed in the musical, which delved into the solemn theme of mental illness and dual personality.

Uncomfortable is the word I would use to describe some of the scenes between Pellow as Mr Hyde and prostitute Lucy, as Dr Jekyll’s uninhibited alter-ego ravishes the vulnerable pauper.

This is how it should make the audience feel – gripped by the uneasy relationship which reflects a range of gothic sub themes, with unnerving choreography to match.

Upbeat songs with the whole company, including Façade and Murder Murder, offered a fun and humorous aspect to the musical, and, for me, Lucy and the girls Bring On The Men was a particular highlight.

The men, women and children who made up this fantastic cast all played their roles to perfection, which was complimented with thoughtful choreography and fantastic scenery and costumes.

Jekyll and Hyde runs until May 14 at the theatre.

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