The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Donmar Warehouse

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

21 Apr 2017 - 17 Jun 2017

£10.00 - N/A

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13 reviews

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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.

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


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“Smacks of an over-hasty, Trumped-up charge... Terrifically well-paced and atmospheric... Henry: another casual tour de force.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Topical resonance is hammered home... Sparks of wit... A raw and sometimes rowdy approach... Henry brings heavyweight authority.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Defined by its energy, its theatrical freedoms. The action keeps spilling into the audience... Norris has done a tremendous job.”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

“I’ve never seen the Donmar space reconfigured so radically... More than enough both to entertain and impress.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Springy new adaptation... Norris' contemporary version is soaked in a thousand mob movies, almost a spoof of a spoof of a spoof.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Henry exudes massive authority... There is something a touch glib about the frequent invocations of Donald Trump.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“So on-the-nose it basically punches you in the face... Henry is the perfect counterweight... compelling, darkly zen.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Henry gives a powerful, well-paced performance... Some horribly well-handled episodes. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Lenny Henry enriches an entertaining, slick, if heavy-handed, take on Brecht.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“A sprightly, energetic evening... At times it is all so jaunty, the darkness of Ui and Hitler is lost.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Trumped up to the max... Robustly inventive and offers much to enjoy... Tremendous and alarming fun but it overplays its hand.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Lenny Henry enriches an entertaining, slick, if heavy-handed, take on Brecht... Its sense of irony is underdeveloped.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“An explosively good Lenny Henry... Trump parody that’s a little too cheesy. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

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