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Spine-Chilling Drama at Castle Hill's Pavilion Theatre from 31 Jan featuring Local Blaxland Star

Source: Geoff Sirmai Arts Publicity
Posted: 12 Jan 2020
Blaxland's Nicole Harwood with Robert Snars
Castle Hill Players present The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson adapted by Noah Smith – directed by Paul Sztelma
The Pavilion Theatre Castle Hill from JAN 31 – FEB 22

After an overwhelming response to their 2019 season closer, Nell Gwynn,Castle Hill Players begin their 2020 season in fine style with the exhilarating, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

You may know the story but you’ve never experienced it like this!

Noah Smith’s intimate adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic blends drama and horror to create a unique, spine-chilling night of theatre. And starring as the Maid, is Nicole Harwood of Blaxland.
Robert Snars, Dimitri Armatas & Nicole Harwood as the Butler, Jekyll/Hyde and Maid

Nicole Harwood started in the performance industry when she took on a bachelor of music (musical theatre) at AIM in 2011. Since then and after graduating, she has studied film and TV in Sydney and Los Angeles and been involved in web series, short films, plays, musicals and a Delta Goodrem music video/live Performance. This is Nicole’s 3rd production at Castle Hill Players

It is Victorian London, 1888. Dr Henry Jekyll, a brilliant and respected scientist - shy and unassuming - is content with his reputation as a moral, upright citizen. Or so it would seem.

Frustrated by his dull normalcy and intrigued by the notion of the “dual nature of man”, Jekyll secretly creates a formula to unleash his hidden, bestial nature. Edward Hyde is born! The brutish, magnetic Hyde indulges in drink and debauchery while Jekyll’s life of propriety continues – until Hyde’s passions begin to turn up a body count.

Director Paul Sztelma (of Concord) says of the play:
“This adaptation by Noah Smith struck me straight away as something special, especially the pure theatricality of it. It’s an old story told in a new way that’s visually and technically exciting. Theatre-goers will find themselves steeped in another world, not quite the Victorian England that they’re used to seeing. A world of Penny Dreadfuls and ‘Grand Guignol’ horror.”

Paul has been a long-time member at the Castle Hill Players, acting and directing at the Pavilion Theatre for CHP since 1994.

“I’ve made it my home away from home for a number of reasons. The care and resources that CHP put into every show are outstanding.  Our standards are high – sometimes so high that you can forget we’re all volunteers! Having our own theatre where we can rehearse and then ‘bump in’ 4 weeks before we open, is a luxury not every community theatre group has. And of course, there are the people – a dedicated group of talented, passionate, like-minded folk who have become not just friends, but family. There are plenty of theatres closer to where I live in the inner-west but I keep returning to work (and play) at the Pavilion.”

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde features a brilliant cast with Dimitri Armatas of Epping in the title roles, Jonathon Burt (Kings Park), Adam Garden (Cherrybrook), Nicole Harwood (Blaxland), Faith Jessel (Rosehill), Hamish MacDonald, Vanessa Purnama (Hornsby) & Robert Snars (Baulkham Hills).

The Pavilion Theatre is located within the Castle Hill Showground, adjacent to the new Metro Hills Showground station.
The entrance is at the lights located between Gilbert and Carrington Roads, Castle Hill and the Doran Drive entrance is now open.
Make a great night at the Pavilion Theatre complete by enjoying a two-course pre-show dinner
at Nobles Restaurant at the Hills Lodge Hotel. Call 9680 3800 to book your table.

Castle Hill Players presents The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde
By Robert Louis Stevenson adapted by Noah Smith, directed by Paul Sztelma

31st January until 22nd February 2020

Wed, Fri and Sat at 8:15pm: Sun 4:30pm

Pavilion Theatre in the Hills Showground, Doran Drive, Castle Hill


  • $30 ($25 concession) 5 or 6 play subscriptions available.
  • Bookings: online or 9634 2929


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