Gothic thriller receives ovation at King's Lynn's Guildhall
The audience at St Georges Guildhall were transported to the Victorian era of a gothic thriller and remained transfixed throughout.
The Blackeyed Theatre Company performed Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, adapted and directed by Nick Lane, based on the famous story by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The four-person cast played multiple roles using different accents to differentiate between characters with singing and music adding to the atmosphere.
The set and costumes were of the 19th-century period and the lighting added to the more grotesque elements of the play.
A final scene just before the interval was performed in slow motion and extremely effective with the actors using their physicality to maximum effect.
Blake Kubena, who played the roles of Jekyll and Hyde, was excellent along with fellow cast Zach Lee, Paige Bird and Ashley Sean-Cook who all gave excellent performances to a near full house.
The play is multi-layered with themes that are relevant in the modern world about addiction, vaccination, medical experimentation and asking the question 'who are we?' when exploring the intoxicating world of understanding the human mind.
Dr Jekyll plays the ultimate price when self experimentation in discovering his split personality saying: "I knew that duplicity would come at a price but I did not know it would be so great."
Members of the audience gave the cast a well deserved standing ovation.
Robert Waring, aged 16, a drama student who is currently studying the author for GCSE English at Downham Market Academy said: "I'm loving it. It is elegant and professional, impeccable and sophisticated, particularly the slow motion in the fight scene."
Amanda Arterton, trustee of Shakepeare's Guildhall Trust said: "It is great to see lots of people who have never been here before and who are definitely coming back. The company are really pleased to be here."
With the audience on their feet in tribute to this talented cast this was a performance that will stay in many of our minds.