Splattertastic drama in the London streets!


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

IMG_0151 crop


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

Photos by Matt Austin:


hydeblogg-matt-austin-33small hydeblogg-matt-austin-48 grey arms_small hydeblogg-matt-austin-17small hydeblogg-matt-austin-9small hydeblogg-matt-austin-2small Photos by Rhodri Cooper:promo shot 4 promo shot 5

Artwork by Philip Kingslan John:

Jek of Hydes painting_SMALL

Recent Posts


Just as Summer time is flourishing on the earth, FOUR OF SWORDS desires to lead you into the underworld of BEER QUARRY CAVES for their own unique and blood-curdling version of The Scottish!

This subterranean production is a revival of FOUR OF SWORDS’ hit 2014/16/18 show, and presents the Witches as Viking priestesses and goddesses of Destiny who guide the audience through the labyrinthine caverns of Macbeth’s homicidal ambition. The show features Shamanic techniques, haunting live music, gruesome film projections, Icelandic chanting, a splash or two of gore and even some Highland sword-dancing.

The company deserve huge applause – there were strong performances
all round with too many stand-out moments to describe.
Anna Marks, Remotegoat

The connected caves – complete with bats – echo with a constant drip-drip-drip,
perfectly conjuring the chill dankness of a medieval Scottish castle.
Belinda Dillon, Exeunt Magazine

As with previous FOUR OF SWORDS productions, audiences will be standing and walking for the duration of the 1 hour 15 min show. Please wear sensible footwear, warm clothing and bring a torch to help you find your way to and from the car! Please be advised that this show is too creepy for under 11s.

Dates: 26th-29th June 2019  Times: 7pm & 9pm  Price: £15
Location: Beer Quarry Caves, Quarry Lane, Beer, Seaton, Devon EX12 3AT

FOUR OF SWORDS’ version of MACBETH was designed expressly for BEER QUARRY CAVES, first performed in 2014 and repeated in 2016 and 2018. We have have been immensely gratified to receive some amazing feedback from our audiences. Here are some choice snippets!

A fantastic experience. I have finally ‘got’ Shakespeare and now want to see more, having resisted it for years. The production was incredible – so intense and absorbing.

We have just got home after watching your performance of Macbeth at Beer quarry caves. We were totally blown away by it. I love going to the theatre but that was one of the best performances I’ve seen. My husband isn’t a keen theatre person but absolutely loved it.

We are both COMPLETE Shakespeare virgins (managed to avoid the whole subject at school.) Now at the ripe old age of 40+ we thought ‘there must be something to this Shakespeare thing’. You didn’t disappoint. Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the performance. We enjoyed the whole thing, the candles, the acting, the tragedy of it all. I have since ordered myself a copy of Macbeth to read, so there’s testament to my enjoyment.

  1. CURRENT SHOWS 6 Replies