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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




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


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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After an hiatus of almost a year, FOUR OF SWORDS is back with a vengeance, and supremely excited to be taking an epic but dastardly Ancient Greek double bill on the road! JASON & MEDEA and runs from 25th October through most of November, and takes in Weston-super-Mare, Cleeve Abbey and Beer Quarry Caves.

The first part, JASON & THE ARGONAUTS, is for all ages: a reprisal of FOUR OF SWORDS’ fun-filled adventure which wowed audiences two years ago with carefully choreographed fights and an exciting taiko drumming soundtrack. The show has been updated with film projections produced in collaboration with theatre legends Forkbeard Fantasy.

Second on the bill is MEDEA. Although a continuation of the same story, both plays can be viewed separately. Just as well really, seeing as MEDEA is dark and terrifying and not for very young children nor the faint of heart. Freely adapted from the Greek masterpiece by Euripides, it promises to enchant and terrify through gut-wrenching performances, spine-tingling choral singing, innovative film projection and a finale featuring the chariot of the Sun-god himself.

The venues are Theatre Tropicana in Weston, English Heritage’s Cleeve Abbey, and Beer Quarry Caves near Seaton. We are thrilled to be taking the Four of Swords experience to two brand new venues, as well as revisiting the caves in Beer.

As with all FOUR OF SWORDS shows, places are limited and early booking is advised. Audience members will be on their feet for most of the 75 minute run time of each play, so comfortable footwear is a must. Wrapping up warm is also advisable! And in Beer and Cleeve, a torch to guide you back safely to your car at the end of the night might also be a good idea.



JASON & THE ARGONAUTS – 25th-28th October 2pm matinée – Theatre Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare

MEDEA – 25th-28th October 7.30pm – Theatre Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare

MEDEA – 1st-4th November 7pm & 9pm – Beer Quarry Caves, Beer nr Seaton

MEDEA – 9th-11th November 7pm & 9pm – Cleeve Abbey, Washford nr Watchet

Photos by Matt Austin: