THE ‘DARKNESS in all of us’ is the subject of the latest musical coming to Rugby Theatre this week.
The multi Grammy and Tony nominated Jekyll and Hyde is coming to the Henry Street stage for the first time.
The show, written by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse and based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous book, has been performed all over the world since it debuted in 1990.
Director Mark Tolchard said: “It’s a show packed with wonderful songs, and even though it isn’t often performed, it’s a real treat for the ears. Plus, it offers the theatre a chance to showcase our newly-installed £70,000 sound system.
“And while they may not know the show, audiences will probably recognise at least one number in the fabulous score. This is the Moment has been performed and recorded by many leading stars of the West End including Michael Ball and John Barrowman.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to spend the past few months rehearsing with such an incredibly talented team, and I’m really looking forward to the buzz of opening night.”
Leading man Steve Bingham is making his first appearance at Rugby Theatre.
Steve, who has played a huge variety of roles over the past 25 years across Coventry and Warwickshire, is joined by another newcomer to the Rugby stage, Gracey Spring.
Leading lady Claire Tyler is also making her Rugby Theatre stage debut – though she isn’t new to the group. Claire was musical director for its Rugby Theatre’s hit production of Made in Dagenham last year.
Pete Herring, a student welfare leader at Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College, plays upstanding lawyer Gabriel Utterson.
Pete said: “I’ve been involved in amateur dramatics since I was 11 years old and am still performing now. It is a great hobby for children and young people to get involved in and there are many opportunities in the Rugby area.
“I am hoping that I might be able to inspire some of the students I work with to get involved and give acting a go.”
Jon Watson is musical director for this show, while Carrie Bianco is its choreographer.
The show opens on Saturday (October 21) for a seven performance run. Tickets for are available from www.rugbytheatre.co.uk or the box office on 01788 541234.