And it's a sign of alarming times that Bertolt Brecht's play about the rise of a demagogue is a relevant reflection of power in the present. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a story about an incorrigible small time mobster in 1930s Chicago. With a little help from his henchman, the titular Arturo Ui promises protection and prosperity. As bribes and corruption feed power, he delivers something markedly different.
The 'parable play', as it is subtitled, was written in 1941 as an allegory for Hitler's rise to power. Now, in the age of President Trump, the satire of leadership, control and corruption has new resonance.
With Pultizer/Tony/Evening Standard award-winning writer Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park) translating Brecht's original text, expect a new take on the classic that doesn't shy away from contemporary parallels.
At the heart of the play is a man who projects charm and affability to distract from murky and increasingly dangerous actions. Lenny Henry will make his Donmar debut playing the demagogue. A household name thanks to decades of successful comedy sows and stand-up sessions, he went on to impress on the West End in the 2009 Northern Broadsides production of Othello (and winning a Best Newcomer Award). We look forward to seeing the combination of magnetism and brutality that propels this study of power.
Make sure you book fast; the Donmar Warehouse has a reputation for selling out long before opening night.
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Public booking for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse opens on Tuesday 6 December 2016.
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