Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Theatrical Poster 1880s LA18

This is it. An original poster of the original stage production. In fantastic condition. Color fresh. In a perfect, slightly eerie, frame. Mounted on Board.

Frame 40″ x  28″, poster 37″ x 25″

 

Price on request.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and was first published in 1886. In 1887, the first stage play adaptation, opened in Boston. Thomas Russell Sullivan’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As the first serious theatrical rendering, it went on to tour Britain and ran for 20 years. It became forever linked with Richard Mansfield’s performance; he continued playing the part up until his death in 1907.

Mansfield in the title role.

Mansfield in the title role.

Mansfield had read Stevenson’s novella and was immediately attracted to the idea of adapting it for the stage. Although copyright law in the United States allowed for free adaptation of works first published in England, Mansfield secured permission for both the American and British stage rights. He turned to Sullivan, a friend of his from Boston who was a writer, to create the script.

It premiered at the Boston Museum on May 9, 1887, making it the first American adaptation of Stevenson’s story. After a few days it was withdrawn for rewrites. The updated version debuted at the Madison Square Theatre on Broadway on September 12, 1887, with A. M. Palmer producing.

Sullivan and Mansfield took the play to England, where it opened at the Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End on August 4, 1888. Mansfield’s performance as a man transformed into a maniac was praised by critics, but it had unexpected consequences when the Jack the Ripper murders began during the play’s London run. Mansfield was mentioned in the press as a possible suspect in the killings. He attempted to defuse any public concern by staging a charity performance of the comedy Prince Karl.