Chicago! A city of jazz and gangsters, prohibition and poverty. Amongst the murk of the Great Depression, there’s room for a small time crook like Arturo Ui to make a name for himself.
Ui and his henchmen just want to look after you, to offer protection for workers, for jobs, for businesses. Nothing to fear. But a little bribery here, some harmless corruption there, and soon something much more dangerous takes hold.
Lenny Henry gives a powerful, well-paced performance as Ui.
Hitler's rise to power is parodied in Brecht's allegorical satire with the Führer as scary as a tea cosy. But the finale is sobering