When people think of Jekyll and Hyde, it is often the book or the play, says Lucy Barratt.
But the 24-year-old and her co-star Stuart Frank will be appearing in a musical version of the Gothic tale at Ferneham Hall, Fareham from Wednesday.
If you like shows like Les Mis, you will enjoy Jekyll and HydeLucy Barratt, 24 from Cosham
Stuart will be playing the titular character after being named runner-up Best Actor in The News’ Guide Awards last year for his performance of D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers.
Stuart now has his sights set on the top award in this production by the Fareham Musical Society.
He says: ‘I’ve sung major parts with companies including FMS before, but Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the toughest role to date. Your whole persona and voice has to alternate throughout the show, including some challenging songs – but it’s a challenge I’ve enjoyed.’
The musical is set against the backdrop of Victorian London and is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Gothic novel about a brilliant but obsessive scientist whose sadistic alter-ego wreaks havoc for those around him.
Lucy, from Cosham, is playing opposite Stuart as Lucy Harris, an abused prostitute with dreams of being an actress.
She says: ‘She is abused by the person who runs the brothel, but then she meets Dr Jekyll and falls in love. As Hyde he is horrible to her, but she keeps coming back to him because she doesn’t know any other kind of love.’
Playing a character with the same name has had its benefits.
‘It’s quite easy because when I’m being shouted at in character I react anyway.’
The character of Lucy mostly communicates through songs – seven to be precise.
‘It has been really important to get the words right because it is like singing a monologue. You have to get the meaning across.’
She adds: ‘If you like shows like Les Mis, you will enjoy Jekyll and Hyde.’
Featuring the hit song This Is The Moment, the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde ran for over 1,500 performances between 1997 and 2001.
Jekyll And Hyde is at Ferneham Hall, Fareham from September 23-26 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12-£14, call 01329 231942 or visit fernehamhall.co.uk to book.