Cast of Jekyll and Hyde The Musical prepare for opening night

Cast members of the highly-anticipated Jekyll and Hyde The Musical are ready and raring to go for opening night tonight.

The musical will run from August 22 until September 1 in the nave of Lincoln Cathedral and includes over 200 local people in the cast.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Originally based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a musical adaptation of the story was brought to Broadway in 1997.

In the story Dr Jekyll takes a potion that turns him from a mild-mannered man into his violent madman alter-ego Mr Hyde.

Director Ben Poole. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Director Ben Poole, who also plays Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, told The Lincolnite: “I think it’s going to be a very stirring evening and it’s going to be a very emotional night for the audience.

“It jumps into the story straight away and then from there it’s a rollercoaster of emotions and there’s some beautiful ballads that the ladies sing which sound like Whitney Houston songs.”

The last dress rehearsal took place at the cathedral on Monday, August 21. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Choreographer Hannah Simmons, said: “It’s been a really great experience and there’s been a large cast to work with.”

“It’s been a challenge, Ben and I have spent a lot of hours putting work into it, but it’s been really good.”

Tickets are still available for most of the nights and they can be purchased on their website.