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.
Bruce Norris’ new translation of Bertolt Brecht’s satirical masterpiece The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is directed by Simon Evans with design by Peter McKintosh. Lenny Henry will make his Donmar debut as Arturo Ui and is joined by Michael Pennington, who recently played the title role in King Lear at the Royal & Derngate Northampton, as Dogsborough. Other casting includes Philip Cumbus, Lucy Eaton, Tom Edden, Lucy Ellinson, Simon Holland Roberts, Louis Martin, Justine Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Guy Rhys and Giles Terera.
THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Bruce Norris
Friday 21 April – Saturday 17 June 2017
Press Night Tuesday 2 May 2017
Director Simon Evans
Designer Peter McKintosh
Lighting Designer Howard Harrison
Sound Designer and Composer Ed Lewis
Movement Director Stephen Mear
Casting includes Philip Cumbus, Lucy Eaton, Tom Edden, Lucy Ellinson, Lenny Henry, Simon Holland Roberts, Louis Martin, Justine Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Michael Pennington, Guy Rhys and Giles Terera.
Lenny Henry in rehearsals for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse