Jekyll & Hyde the Musical at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

As You Like It, with Jessica Hayles centre. Picture by Keith Pattison

How do you like it? Gender and politics in Shakespeare at the New Theatre Royal

0
Have your say

Marti Pellow, heartthrob front man of nineties band Wet, Wet, Wet, returned to the Mayflower Theatre this week in the dual role of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Pellow certainly has a great voice as displayed in his chart topping songs and performances in Chicago, Chess and The Witches of Eastwick. However, this role is vocally challenging and Pellow didn’t always have the technique necessary to communicate the intensity of the bigger musical numbers. There were also issues with the show itself in terms of the contrast between some of the more memorable songs and the large amount of drab recitative which became monotonous. At times the small cast made the stage look empty and Martin Connor’s direction lacked movement leaving Pellow appearing stilted. Disappointingly, the climatic song Confrontation failed to make an impact as the complexities of the number were avoided by the use of a projection of Hyde rather than allowing Pellow to sing as both characters. Although there were some solid principal performances the chorus numbers were the strong points of the show producing a fantastic ensemble sound and visual interest. A slick production but lacking in enough character development to make it a memorable one. Until Saturday.