Top 5 Jekyll & Hyde Screen Adaptations

Mon 15 Jan

Ahead of David Edgar's loyal interpretation, we take a look at the varied adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's original novella, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde runs at Rose Theatre Kingston Fri 9-Sat 17 Feb, for more information, click here

The Incredible Hulk - 1970s until present day

First published as a comic book in 1962, The Incredible Hulk has graced our screens for over 40 years. Following his exposure to gamma rays, timid and reclusive Dr Bruce Banner transforms into a huge, green, muscular humanoid possessing immense strength and extreme anger issues. Mark Ruffalo is the latest actor to play The Hulk/Bruce Banner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, other actors to play the roles include Edward Norton and Eric Bana. 

Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde - 1971

This film is the first to show Henry Jekyll transforming into a female Hyde. When Jekyll realises his experiments will take longer than his lifespan to complete, he attempts to create an elixir of life using female hormones from fresh cadavers reasoning that these hormones will extend his life because women live longer. Not only does the potion fail to extend his life, it turns him into a remarkably beautiful but evil woman, Mrs Hyde.

The Nutty Professor - 1996

This remake of the 1963 film starring Jerry Lewis was hugely successful. This time, kind-hearted but obese Sherman Klump (Eddy Murphy) creates an experimental formula to reconstruct the DNA of an overweight person in a way to allow them to lose weight more easily. When he tests the serum he instantly loses 250 pounds and creates an alias  named Buddy. However Buddy begins to develop a personality of his own, and a rather horrid one at that. 

Jekyll - 2007

Before Sherlock and his tenure on Doctor Who, Steven Moffat wrote his own modernised TV series of the gothic thriller starring James Nesbitt as Tom Jackman, a doctor who abandons his family and hires a psychiatric nurse to observe his new flirtatious and dangerous alter-ego. Throughout the series Jackman and his alter-ego leave messages for eachother on a tape recorder and form an uneasy truce. Jackman later finds a picture of the real Jekyll and they both share a startling resemblance... 

Hyde, Jekyll, Me - 2015

In this South Korean TV series, the roles are reversed. Clever, rich but unkind Gu Seo-jin (Hyde) develops a new personality,  when his heart-rate reaches 150 seconds per minute, Robin a kind and gentle manifestation of guilt regarding a traumatic incident 15 years ago. 


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