The Strange Case

of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was originally written as a book by Robert Louis Stevenson. An adaptation of the book was performed as a play for the first time in1887, the plot was reworked by Thomas Sullivan.

The musical was performed on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on March 21, 1997, and officially on April 8th. The musical was directed by Robin Phillips. The final version of the musical was recorded in 2000. This is said to be the only official version to exist that's been recorded.

What was happening?

Robert Louis Sullivan was sick and barely able to leave the house during the time that he wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He had a nightmare and then wrote the book about it. Britain was in a war with Sudan at the time.
He wrote the book in 1885.


War: These events happened during the Mahdist War.
1885 The book was published in 1886.


Politics: These events happened during the same time and were probably a large center of political debates.



Queen Victoria's reign lasted from 1837 to 1901. Her rule was refereed to as the Golden Age.


The theme does not fit what was going on at the time, the book was written based on a nightmare Stevenson had.


I couldn't find anything about theater at the time except that the first on stage adaptation of the novella was in 1887, so I'm assuming that theater was viewed as good and not evil.
I don't know how the theater looked.