The Weevil In The Biscuit


Sick and almost bankrupt in his Westbourne house, Robert Louis Stevenson writes The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in three days then burns it.


Sickly Stevenson is inspired by a dream which soon becomes a supernatural nightmare. Bedridden, he feverishly writes “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” in three days then burns the first version. Over the next ten weeks the almost bankrupt Stevenson, who is regularly embattled with his whirlwind wife, writes with superhuman energy until his masterpiece is complete, likening the creative demon inside him to that ‘pallid brute,’ the Edward Hyde within living in upright sobriety like ‘a weevil in a biscuit.’

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Writer: John Foster
Director: Jon Nicholas
Cast: Mark Freestone and Rebecca Legrand
Producer: Sam Hutchinson
Executive Producer: Ted Street

Performance dates:

The Winchester Pub: 11 October 7.30pm £7/£6 concessions.
Allesbrook Lecture Theatre (Bournemouth University): 21 October 7.30pm
£7/£6 concessions.

Pavilion Dance: 22 October 7.30pm £8/£6 concessions.
The Poole Lighthouse Theatre: 24 October 6.30pm.
The Poole Lighthouse Thetare: 25 October 9.30pm.


£7 Discounts: U18s, Students, OAPs, Groups 8+ and Live4Five and Lighthouse members please call the ticket office to book 0844 406 8666.

Special offer:

Special offer: Book Jekyll and Hyde and The Weevil in the Biscuit for £15

Doppelganger Productions:

Doppelganger Productions is a new theatre company based in Bournemouth which produces innovative new writing. We are especially interested in new work from Dorset-based playwrights and in finding, nurturing and supporting emerging writers.

Our Artistic Director is BAFTA Award winning writer, John Foster.

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