The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

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by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Ralph Manheim

Cast – Austin Carruthers, Ben Harrison, Tom Neill, Matthew Rowland-Roberts, Paul Taylor

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is one of Brecht’s finest works; an immense play packed full of biting satire and cruel comedy. Set in 1930s Chicago gangster-land, where small-time hoodlum, Arturo Ui, aims to take over the city’s greengrocery trade, it’s a masterful parody of the rise of Hitler and, in its relevance to the world today, a haunting warning from history.

Slick, fresh and bang up-to-date, this major new production of Brecht’s masterpiece draws on the comedy in the writing to unearth the horror of the real life events behind it, and features fabulous new music by Ron McAllister.

Told through the classic theatrical techniques of Alienation and Epic (political) Theatre, this is a rare opportunity to see Brecht at its very best.

Director Bart Lee
Original music by Ron McAllister
Designer Victoria Spearing
Lighting design Charlotte McClelland