Starring Hitler as Jekyll and Hyde
What if Hitler were Jekyll and Hyde? History and fiction collide in Starring Hitler as Jekyll and Hyde. Borrowing characters and themes from literary classic – Jekyll and Hyde, the history of Jewish holocaust is retold in a new tale about Jekyll, a young painter by day, who turns into Hitler by night. Hitler terrorises the populace, subjecting them to his will. To build up his country, the non-ˇnatives are murdered and disposed of by him to preserve the blood and lineage of his countrymen. Meanwhile, Jekyll the young painter rises in stature
and wealth as his alter-ˇego coerces the population into building galleries and museums, and commissioning artworks to pay homage to himself.
As the country enters the dark ages, a police inspector is tasked to uncover the true identity of Hitler and stop his killings.
First staged in 2014 to critical acclaim, Starring Hitler as Jekyll and Hyde is a modern parable about the rise and return of fundamentalism and fanaticism in today’s world. Featuring a stellar cast, Chong Tze Chien’s explosive play bristles with hard hitting truths and resonance.
Director / Playwright: Chong Tze Chien
Starring: Daniel York, Edith Podesta. Jo Kukathas, Joshua Lim, Julius Foo, Lian Sutton
Lighting Designer: Lim Woan Wen
Sound Artist & Music Composer: Darren Ng
Costume Designer: Anthony Tan
“This play boldly pits us to rethink the value of art today, the value of our lives, of politics, of society, and of xenophobia around us.”
– Centre 42
“Sinister, mesmerising and cruelly poetic.”
“The cast is beyond reproach”
– The Straits Times
“In the dark stage, lighting designer Lim Woan Wen pulled off a monumental task, while sound artist and music composer Darren Ng also did his part to create the high tension.”
– The Business Times
“I had to seriously commend the technical precision and ingenuity in successfully presenting each successively brilliant and complex lighting designs.”