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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Duchess Theatre

A play that enjoyed a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre during 2012, Bertolt Brecht’s classic The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui transfers to the West End’s glittering Duchess Theatre, with the talented Henry Goodman retaining the leading role. It’s seriously good theatre for serious lovers of satire!

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

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Booking from: Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Booking until: Saturday, 7 December 2013
Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui tickets – Funny, sharp, thrilling

Arturo Ui was written by Brecht in a three week period during 1941 while he was exiled in Helsinki, waiting for his US visa to come through. Intended for the US market, it didn’t appear on stage until seventeen years later, in 1958, and wasn’t produced in English until 1961.

The character Arturo Ui’s antics parallel those of Hitler as he rose to power, funny and acerbic, witty and sharp. The scene? It’s Chicago in the 1930s and the Great Depression has led to chronic unemployment, starvation, dislocation and corruption. It’s the ideal political and social landscape for small-scale organised crime to flourish… and even achieve absolute power.

Arturo Ui and his nasty mob of gangsters are busy running profitable protection rackets. Before long Ui is the name on everyone’s lips, spreading fear across the city’s businesses, markets and docks. For the moment, he seems unstoppable.

If you enjoy top class satire, you’ll adore this intelligent allegory paralleling the rise and rise of Nazi Germany’s thoroughly un-charismatic leader, Adolf Hitler. Every character in the play has a real-life counterpart. Ui represents Hitler himself, His close partner in crime Ernesto Roma represents Ernst Röhm, the Emanuele Giri character is uncannily similar to the horrible Hermann Göring, and the ghastly Giuseppe Givola was created with the arch criminal Joseph Goebbels in mind.

Every scene represents a genuine historical event, too. There’s the warehouse fire, paralleling the dreadful fire at the Reichstag. And the famous Dock Aid Scandal, Brecht’s witty take on the East Aid scandal.

In the words of The Daily Telegraph, which awarded the production five stars, “You simply can’t take your eyes off Goodman… He is horribly, hypnotically watchable.” The Guardian gives the play four stars, calling it "Jonathan Church’s breath-taking revival" The Sunday Express praises the actors’ "breathtaking performances” and awards the play five stars. And the lead actor’s performance also scores high with Whatsonstage, who praise "Henry Goodman's stellar performance".

It’s clever. It’s provocative. And it mirrors the story of Hitler’s shocking rise to power in a way that’s as entertaining as it is satirical. Welcome to the notorious world of the cauliflower racketeers!

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