Mr Edward Hyde is Dr Jekyll’s alter ego - the evil portion of the man that is Jekyll – released when Jekyll tests his formula on himself. As Jekyll continues the experiments Hyde begins to take over. There is a flaw in the formula and as Jekyll fails to find the exact chemical combination to stop the process, Hyde grows stronger and Jekyll is no longer in control of when the transformations take place. Jekyll’s unconscious anger at those who have slighted him takes form as Hyde begins to take revenge by killing them one by one.
As the balance of power between these two characters shifts we see that there is a part of Hyde in Jekyll, in the passions that sometimes are glimpsed and the anger that he holds in check toward those who thwart his progress. There is part of Jekyll always in Hyde, which we glimpse in his sometimes tender moments towards Lucy.
Hyde has an animal magnetism, he is rough, earthy and perverse. His physicality is manic, as if unleashed from bonds. He is passionate to the point of obsession. Carnal and guttural, he exudes sexuality and power.
Notable Actors who have played Hyde, but not Jekyll[edit | edit source]
- Dave Clemmons - Hyde during the Confrontation scene in the 1990 Alley Theatre Premiere
- Bryant Cammelle - 2001 UK Regional Tour, 2005 Scottish Concert