The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

3.8 (8) · Contemporary

Brecht’s satirical masterpiece about the rise of a demagogue.


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.

Critic reviews

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


Lenny Henry gives a powerful, well-paced performance as Ui.

The Independent

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Thu 20 Apr - Sat 17 Jun, Mon - Sat 7.30pm; Thu & Sat mats at 2.30pm


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