JEKYLL & HYDE

Splattertastic drama in the London streets!

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FOUR OF SWORDS’ bestselling adaptation of JEKYLL & HYDE has been performed four times at ruinous Poltimore House

We first performed our madcap and inventive adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Victorian chiller in 2013 and it was our original FOUR OF SWORDS production. It remains a production we are especially proud of, and it never fails to whip up a heady and intoxicating cocktail of screams and thrills! It features captivating performances, splattertastic special effects, stylish black and white film projections and live gypsy music.

 There’s only one problem with intimate and almost tangible theatre like this, the kind that which surrounds you, whisks you up and takes you with it – you won’t want to go back to sitting in an auditorium again.
Fran McElhone, Express & Echo

Unmissable. Metamorphosis, murder and mayhem.
Anna Marks, RemoteGoat

The best play I have seen in years.
Jenna Richards, Phonic FM

Been going to the theatre for over forty years and only four or five things really stand out. Jekyll and Hyde will join them because of the attention to detail and love you brought to it.
Audience member feedback

What an utterly incredible ruinous place! I was completely transported, I haven’t had such an intense theatre experience in such a long time and it’s so exciting to see something like that in the South West.
Audience member feedback

Fantastic atmospherics. Terrifying & engaging acting. Haunting music. All round brilliant. The one thing I miss most after moving away from London is good, original, wyrd, fringe theatre… But you nasty lot have restored my faith in the Devon theatre scene!
Audience feedback

The production of Jekyll and Hyde brought an opportunity for the derelict fabric of Poltimore House to play a unique role in what has been the most successful production ever staged on site. 
Simon Tootell, Visitor Service Manager at Poltimore House

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ACCOMPANYING EDUCATION WORK

  • PERFORMANCES FOR SCHOOL GROUPS

JEKYLL & HYDE appears with renewed prominence on GCSE curricula, and our interpretation has now been performed to four separate schools groups. It has been extremely exciting to perform this show for an entire audience of young people who don’t hold back, either on the screaming during the show or on the applause at the end!

The children felt very special to have their own performance…
I won’t forget the horrified delight on their faces.
Teacher feedback, Clyst Vale Community College

This is such an amazing production… Our school is still raving about it!
Teacher feedback, Bishop Fox’s in Taunton

Devilishly brilliant!
Y11 student feedback

For more information on FOUR OF SWORDS’ education work and for details on how to book a performance at your school, click here or email phil@four-of-swords.com.

  • COLLABORATION WITH CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

We were approached by Cambridge University Press to participate in the development of digital resources to accompany and support the teaching of JEKYLL & HYDE at GCSE. We are extremely excited that this has subsequently been picked up by the AQA Examinations Board and looks set to be rolled out nationally.

A strong part of the Four of Swords ethos is to take classic stories and present them in accessible, varied and captivating ways. The work with Cambridge University Press has been a great opportunity to push this even further.

Between our vision of what classroom resources could be like and the Swords’ pioneering take on heritage texts, we have the best package of material I have ever been privileged to work on.
Martin Phillips, ex-Chief Examiner and Project Co-ordinator

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You can see watch the 2013 trailer for our original run of JEKYLL & HYDE here:

Photos by Matt Austin:

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Artwork by Philip Kingslan John:

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CURRENT SHOWS

FOUR OF SWORDS’ interpretation of Euripides’ MEDEA (a semi-sequel to our own JASON & THE ARGONAUTS) is back for two weeks this April at BEER QUARRY CAVES!

MEDEA played to rave reviews and sold out crowds at the Caves when we were there in November. Audiences were enraptured by the spooky candlelit subterranean setting, the spine-tingling choral singing, the grotesque masked chorus, and of course the tour de force title-character portrayal by FOUR OF SWORDS co-founder Sarah White.

“Utterly absorbing, I forgot about the rest of the audience around me and I felt as if I was spying on a very realistic domestic. All the actors were amazing but Medea stole the show; whatever the superlative of amazing is with bells on!”
audience member feedback

As with all our shows, places are limited and early booking is advised. Audience members will be on their feet for the play’s 75 minute run time, so comfortable footwear is a must. Wrapping up warm is also advisable, and a torch to guide you back safely to your car at the end of the night might also be a good idea. Be advised that the show is too creepy for under 11s.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Dates: 11th-21st April 2018  Times: 7pm & 9pm  Price: £15
Location: Beer Quarry Caves, Quarry Lane, Beer, Seaton, Devon EX12 3AT