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Dave Willetts stars in The Man Inside at the Landor

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THEATRICA Ltd. in association with Cheltenham Everyman Theatre is presenting the world premiere of new British musical The Man Inside, which runs at the Landor Theatre from Wednesday, March 12 to Saturday, March 29, 2014, following previews at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.

Evening Standard Award winner Dave Willetts will bring to life the complex character of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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 described as a provocative, disturbing and unexpected new musical set between two conflicting worlds: reality or imagination, good or evil, victim or madman?

For over 25 years, Dave Willetts has been one of the UK’s leading musical theatre stars. He was the first person to play both the roles of Jean Valjean and The Phantom in the West End’s two longest running musicals Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.

His other credits include leading roles in Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory), Sunset Boulevard (Comedy Theatre), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Theatre Royal Haymarket), UK Tours of South Pacific and 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd (Leicester Haymarket), Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre) and the 25th Anniversary production of Cats.

The Man Inside has music by Tony Rees and book and lyrics by Tony Rees and Gary Young, with additional material by Dave Willetts and orchestrations by Matheson Bayley. It is directed by Robert McWhir, with musical direction by Matheson Bayley. Further casting to be announced.

Tickets: £20 – available from the box office on 020 7737 7276 or online at www.landortheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

The From Page to Stage Festival runs at the Landor Theatre until March 9, 2014.