Mike steps into a familiar role

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IT’S a case of deja vu for one budding actor from North Tyneside as he takes to the stage once again as a character he played 14 years ago.

Mike Fleetham, of Monkseaton, has landed the role of John Utterson in the West End Operatic Society’s amateur production of Jekyll and Hyde The Musical, which is currently running at The Theatre Royal in Newcastle until Saturday, April 13.

Mike first played the part back in 1999 when the Park Hotel in Tynemouth converted its ballroom into a theatre to stage the show while the Playhouse Whitley Bay was being renovated.

Mike said: “It’s been quite a feat remembering lines I last did back in 1999.

“Thankfully everyone has been really supportive and helped me keep the character going.

“Jekyll and Hyde is such a fantastic show I think it should be rated up there amongst the best musicals of all time.

“It’s a superbly written score and story which underlines the dark forbidding mood but that only adds to the drama of the show.”

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, Jekyll and Hyde tells the story of a doctor whose experiments with the human personality create a murderous counterpart.

Convinced the cure for his father’s mental illnesses lies in the separation of man’s evil nature from his good, Dr Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th Century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.

For ticket prices contact the box office on 0844 811 2121 or visit www.theatreroyal.co.uk