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is obsessed by he belief, that given appropriate support by his peers
in the medical profession, he can separate the dual elements of good and
evil that are constantly struggling for the supremacy inside every human
his case to the highly conservative and unsympathetic Board of Governors
of St. Jude's Mental Hospital. He's asking to test this theories on a
live human being. His request is unanimously and summarily rejected, except
by the President of the Board, Sir Danvers Carew, Jekyll's future father-in-law,
who abstains from voting. The rest of the Board dismiss Jekyll as a dangerous
ill-feeling from that fateful encounter at St. Jude's Hospital carries
over into the evening at the glittering reception given by Sir Danvers
to celebrate Jekyll's engagement to his daughter Lisa. Since Jekyll is
late for his own engagement party - one of his rivals - the drunken Simon
Stride tries to talk Lisa out of marrying Dr. Henry Jekyll.
bridegroom finally arrives - pretty late. After living through the "remarks"
of Sir Danvers and dealing with the guests of the party, Jekyll is finally
alone with Lisa. He tells her that he is more determined than ever to
pursue his course of action.
Danvers and Jekyll's friend Utterson disrupt the loving couple. And after
a small quarrel with Sir Danvers about the meeting with the Board later
that day, Jekyll and Utterson leave. Not to happy about Lisa's choice
for marriage, Sir Danvers discusses his concerns with Lisa.
Again you see the streets of London. ("Fassade - Reprise 1")
tries to take Jekyll's mind off his problems by dragging him unwillingly
to a disreputable bar - The Red Rat - where Nellie greets them. Among
the girls working at the club is Lucy Harris, a disillusioned young woman
who wants to make something of her life.
the club's seedy owner, sinisterly know as The Spider, physically assaulting
Lucy in front of the customers for not "doing her job", Jekyll steps in
between. Consoling her by offering his drink, Lucy tries to seduce him
to please the "always" watching owner Spider. Jekyll thankfully declines,
but gives her his card, should she ever need a friend.
home, Jekyll thanks Utterson for the dubious relaxation provided by the
"Red Rat" and decides to work late. Utterson leaves and Poole - Jekyll's
Butler - relays the bad news of Jekyll's Father's death. Both remember
his father's great qualities before his dark illness descended on him.
Jekyll's mind is made up now... he has to prove his theories.
He is transformed into... a fierce creature - Edward Hyde.
and Lucy lament their life, even though Lucy still dreams of a better
Hyde he's returning to the Red Rat looking for Lucy. There he exults his
evil and liberated persona by trying to abuse Lucy and attacking another
customer who tried to intervene.
experiments continue. He disappears from society and becomes reclusive,
unavailable to even his closest circle - Lisa, Utterson and Poole. They
are unaware of the demons he is dealing with as he remains isolated and
locked away in his laboratory. Lisa is concerned and hopes that Utterson
will be able to talk some sense into him. Jekyll finally emerges, to be
confronted by his anxious best friend John Utterson.
receives an unexpected letter from Lucy, in which she states to be badly
hurt. And so Jekyll runs off to her room at the "Red Rat". Lucy awaits
full hope Jekyll's arrival and tells him about this sadistic visitor who
hurt her. Jekyll is appalled and tenderly treats her wounds. Lucy says
that she will never forget this customers name "Hyde.... Edward Hyde!"
Transfixed with horror, Jekyll completes his treatment.
by his kindness, she kisses him - with gratitude and passion. A confused
Jekyll takes his leave of her. Lucy daydreams of her impossible relationship
with Jekyll while he wanders off into the streets of London.
in the seedier streets of London, Hyde intercepts the Bishop of Basingstroke,
one of the St. Jude's Hospital Board Governors - after the Bishop returned
from a sordid liaison with a teenage boy. Hyde batters the hypocritical
cleric to death and sets him on fire in a frenzy of rage. Hyde has become
Jekyll's avenging "Angel of Death"