Actor and singer Dave Willetts will star in the world premiere of The Man Inside, a new British musical, which will play at London’s Landor Theatre from 12 March (press night is 13 March) to 29 March 2014, following previews at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.
The Man Inside has music by Tony Rees and book and lyrics by Rees and Gary Young, with additional material from Willetts and orchestrations/musical direction by Matheson Bayley. The production is directed by the Landor’s artistic director Robert McWhir.
‘Free the good in man and let it fly…’ These are the words spoken by eminent doctor and scientist Dr Jekyll, whose life’s work is devoted to helping those in turmoil. Through research and development he holds a mirror to those who pursue self interest and personal desires by means of crime or terror, then choose to blame society for their actions. But when his experiments start taking him to increasingly dark places, will he be able to hold on to the goodness he believes in, or will he be lost to a world of deception, self indulgence and secret passions? A contemporary re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Man Inside is a provocative, disturbing and unexpected new musical set between two conflicting worlds; reality or imagination, good or evil, victim or madman?
The complex character of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde will be brought to life by Evening Standard Award winner Willetts. The actor was the first person in the world to play both the roles of Jean Valjean and The Phantom in the long-running West End musicals Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. His other credits include leading roles in Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Sunset Boulevard at the Comedy Theatre, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Theatre Royal Haymarket, UK tours of South Pacific and 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd at Leicester Haymarket, Ragtime at the Piccadilly Theatre and the 25th anniversary production of Cats.
The Man Inside is produced by Theatrica Ltd in collaboration with The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.
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