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The Resistible Rise Of

Arturo Ui

by Bertolt Brecht

Duchess Theatre

In a translation by George Tabori
Revised by Alistair Beaton

From 18th September
STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON

The Resistible Rise Of

Arturo Ui

by Bertolt Brecht

Duchess Theatre

About the Show

Following a 2012 critically acclaimed sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will transfer to the Duchess Theatre in September with Henry Goodman in the title role.

Arturo Ui is a funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler shot through with razor-sharp wit.

Chicago in the 1930s, the Great Depression – a time of unemployment, fear and corruption, and the perfect time for a small-fry crime boss and his henchmen to make it big, to seize a greater power, an absolute power.

Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui's menacing shadow looms large, from the markets, to the docks and across the city itself. You might be with him, you might be against him- it certainly seems you can't stop him.

‘You simply can't take your eyes off Goodman… He is horribly, hypnotically watchable’
Telegraph
‘Jonathan Church's breath-taking revival’
The Guardian

‘Bertolt Brecht's brutal but bleakly comic play’

Sunday Express

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THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, SUNDAY EXPRESS

THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, DAILY MAIL

‘You simply can't take your eyes off Goodman ... he is horribly, hypnotically watchable’
Dominic Cavendish, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘Goodman takes his customary finesse to another level in his hyper-detailed account of a Thirties American mobster who is unmistakably Adolf Hitler’
Dominic Cavendish, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘There’s never a dull minute in a play that might easily plod and restate the obvious’
Dominic Cavendish, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘Bertolt Brecht’s brutal but bleakly comic play’
Martin Townsend, SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘We find ourselves revelling in the comedy even as we shudder at the pastiche of Hitler … breathtaking performances’
Martin Townsend, SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Goodman’s Ui … a brilliant study, Joe McGann … unforgettable as a wheedling but brutal henchman’
Martin Townsend, SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Jonathan Church’s breathtaking revival … a performance of memorable comic demonism from Henry Goodman’
Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN
‘Goodman not only makes us laugh … he shows Ui turning into a legend in his own mind’
Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN
‘Church's production evolves … starts with jolly jazz in a Chicago speakeasy and ends by showing how protection rackets become a metaphor for political evil’
Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN
‘Brecht’s Fuhrer is no superman but a schmuck, a little man: the message is that his progress should have been resistible, even with the Depression economics’
Libby Purves, THE TIMES
‘Ui is a hunched, a high collar making him neckless, Goodman’s distinguished looks swamped by scowls, paranoid twitches and black moustache’
Libby Purves, THE TIMES
‘It is a superbly horrible performance, even in comic moments ... his paranoia is rendered with awful hilarity’
Libby Purves, THE TIMES
‘Partly comic, it’s set in Chicago … the play has echoes of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Richard III, as well as The Godfather, Scarface and The Sopranos’
Patrick Marmion, DAILY MAIL
‘Goodman’s Ui is a master of comic solecism in Alistair Beaton’s nicely tweaked script’
Patrick Marmion, DAILY MAIL
‘Not just a knock-about comedy … this has a serious point … a Berlusconian buffoon can become a mass murderer’
Patrick Marmion, DAILY MAIL

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‘Goodman takes his customary finesse to another level in his hyper-detailed account of a Thirties American mobster who is unmistakably Adolf Hitler’

The Daily Telegraph

The Resistible Rise Of

Arturo
Ui

by Bertolt Brecht   Duchess Theatre

Cast & Creative Team

Starring

With

  • David Sturzaker as Givola and Ensemble
  • Colin Stinton as MC/Ragg/Dullfeet
  • Benny Young as Clark/Prosecution/Ensemble
  • Lizzy Mcinnerny as Betty Dullfleet/Woman/Ensemble
  • Hugh John as Young Dogsborough
  • Peter Moreton as Musician/Sheet/Fish
  • Mark Carlisle as Musician/Bowl
  • Charlie Hamblett as Young Inna
  • Amanda Gordon as Dockdaisy/Musician
  • Alex Giannini as Butcher/Defence/Ensemble
  • Steve Simmonds as Musician/Ensemble
  • Richard Mark as On stage understudy/ensemble
  • Lucas Hare as On stage understudy/ensemble

Creatives

  • Writer: Bertolt Brecht
  • Translation by: George Tabori
  • Revised by: Alistair Beaton
  • Director: Jonathan Church
  • Designer: Simon Higlett
  • Lighting: Tim Mitchell
  • Music: Matthew Scott
  • Sound Designer: Mike Walker
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  • Produced by Chichester Festival Theatre, Duncan C Weldon, Nica Burns, Liza McLean, Charles Diamond and Max Weitzenhoffer.

Henry Goodman

Henry Goodman

Previously at Chichester  title role in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui  (Minerva Theatre) and Sir Humphrey in Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester and West End)

Theatre includes Arthur Winslow in The Winslow Boy (The Old Vic), Dr Feldman in Duet for One (Almeida and West End), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible and West End), Eddie in Feelgood (Hampstead and Garrick), Argan in The Hypochondriac (Almeida Theatre), The Birthday Party (Duchess Theatre), Billy Flynn in Chicago (Adelphi), Marc in Art and Buddy Fiddler in City of Angels (West End), Freud in Hysteria (Royal Court Theatre and Duke of York’s), Guiteau in Assassins (Donmar Warehouse), Buddy in Follies (Festival Hall).

For the RSC title role in Richard III, Rocky Gravo in They Shoot Horses Don’t They, Kitely in Every Man in His Humour, Le Fer in Henry V, Prince de Conde in The Devils, Stalin/Azhog in Redstar, Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors, Voltore in Volpone, Harry in The Time of Your Life, Jacques in Jacques and His Master and Canterbury/Norfolk in Henry VIII.

For the National Theatre David Rosenberg in The Holy Rosenbergs, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Compère in Metropolis Kabaret, Shalimov in Summerfolk, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Philip Gellburg in Broken Glass, Roy Cohn in Angels in America, Gower in Pericles, Mickey in After the Fall, Dr Baugh in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Bizet in Beatrice and Benedick.

On Broadway Serge in Art, Max Bialystock in The Producers, Tartuffe in Tartuffe (Roundabout Theatre).

Television includes Yes, Minister, Falcon  New Tricks, Nixon’s the One, The Turing Project, Florizel Street, Lehman Brothers – Something for Nothing, Murder in Suburbia, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Foyle’s War, The Merchant of Venice, Secret Weapon, Hamilton Mattress, Murder Rooms, Dalziel and Pascoe, Dirty Tricks, The Arabian Nights, Unfinished Business, Cold Lazarus, Broken Glass, Christmas, Measure for Measure, Degas and Pissarro Fall Out, 99-1, Spinoza, Maigret, The Gravy Train, Gentlemen and Players, This is David Lander, Bust, After the War and The Chain.

Films include Taking Woodstock, The Damned United, Keen Eddie, Color Me Kubrick, Green Street, Out on a Limb, Churchill – The Hollywood Years, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, The Final Curtain, The Labyrinth, Notting Hill, Private Parts, The Saint, Mary Reilly, Queen of Hearts, Son of the Pink Panther.

Leading BBC radio actor. Recently nominated for audio awards as Bloom in Ulysses (Radio 4). Recently Joseph  Roth in Radetzky March, Golspie in Angel Pavement  and all males in Find-the-Perfect-Partner-4-U-Dot-Com comedy series.

Nominated for eight Best Actor Olivier Awards (twice winner), also nominated Evening Standard and winner TMA and Critics Circle Awards for his roles in Duet for One and Fiddler on the Roof, Arturo Ui, Chicago, Hysteria, Every Man in His Humour, The Devils, The Comedy of Errors, Volpone, The Time of Your Life, The Merchant of Venice and Angels in America.

Henry  has taught/directed  at BADA, Guildhall, RADA, UCLA  and York University  and many institutions.

Keith Baxter

Keith Baxter

Previously at Chichester King Henry IV in Chimes at Midnight, Louis Jouvet in Elvira ’40, Dorante in The Inconstant Couple, Lord Illingworth in A Woman of No Importance, Rico in Tonight We Improvise, Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra , Mr Horner in The Country Wife anddirected After October (also tour), Dangerous Corner (and transfer to Whitehall Theatre), Rope (and transfer to London) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (and transfer to Duchess Theatre).

Theatre credits include Prince Hal in Henry IV (Belfast and Dublin), King Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons (Broadway. New York Theatre World Award  for Most Promising Actor), The Affair and A Meeting by the River (Broadway), Gino in Where Angels Fear to Tread (England), Valentine in You Never Can Tell and Bob Acres in The Rivals (Haymarket Theatre), created the role of Milo in Sleuth (London and New York. Drama Desk Award  and Outer Critics Award), title role in Macbeth (Birmingham Rep), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), Vershinin in Three Sisters (Greenwich), directed and played the lead in Red Devil Battery Sign (Phoenix Theatre), Antony in Antony and Cleopatra, Witwoud in The Way of the World and Vershinin in The Three Sisters (Stratford Ontario), Home and Beauty (Kennedy Center), title role in Hamlet (Canada), Narrator in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (Philadelphia Opera House), the twin brothers in Corpse! (London, Broadway and Australia), Light Up the Sky (Globe Theatre), directed Time and the Conways, Elyot in Private Lives (Aldwych Theatre), Cassius in Julius Caesar, Duke in Measure for Measure, Vincentio in Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice and title role in Henry IV Parts I&II and directed The Country Wife, The Rivals, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Imaginary Invalid, Mrs Warren’s Profession and An Ideal Husband (Shakespeare Theatre Washington DC), directed Gaslight, Silhouette, The Woman in Black (Old Globe Theatre California), directed and starred in Dark Corners (Theatre Royal Windsor), Noises Off (Perseverance Theatre Alaska) and Black Comedy (Alaska).

Films include Chimes at Midnight, La Regenta, Ash Wednesday, Golden Rendezvous, Berlin Blues and Merlin.

Keith Baxter is also an established playwright. Amongst his plays are 56 Duncan Terrace, Cavell and Barnaby and the Old Boys.

Trained at RADA (Bronze Medallist).

Michael Feast

Michael Feast

Previously at Chichester Ernesto Roma in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Minerva Theatre and West End), Macduff in Macbeth (Minerva Theatre, West End and Broadway), Rakitin in A Month in the Country, Feste in Twelfth Night, Woland in The Master and Margarita, Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus, Nathan in Nathan the Wise, Dr Dorn in The Seagull, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and The Dauphin in Vivat! Vivat Regina!

Other theatre includes Ariel in The Tempest  (Plays and Players Best Newcomer Award), Genady in The Forest, Bobby in American Buffalo, Mayhew in Dispatches, Raymond in Watch It Come Down (National Theatre), Foster in original cast of No Man’s Land (National Theatre and Wyndhams), Faust in Faust, The Duke in Measure for Measure and Thomas Becket in Murder in the Cathedral (RSC), Fagin in Oliver Twist,  Barratt in The Servant and Harry in Saved (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith); Prairie du Chien, The Shawl and Joe Conran in Ourselves Alone (Royal Court Theatre), Subtle in The Alchemist, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Telegin in Uncle Vanya, Edward Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth, Roland Maule in Present Laughter and Nick in What The Butler Saw (Manchester Royal Exchange), Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion (Garrick), John Gielgud in Plague Over England (Duchess, Evening Standard Best Actor nomination), Woof in Hair (original West End cast Shaftesbury), Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera (Wiltons), Verkhovensky in The Possessed (Almeida), The Accused (Haymarket), Renfield in The Passion of Dracula (Queen’s), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Festival Hall),  Cosmo Lang in The King’s Speech (Wyndhams).
Dr. Chebutykin in Three Sisters (Young Vic) and Inspector Hacohen in Facts (Finborough).

Michael has appeared in many television productions but draws attention to State of Play and The Steven Lawrence Case.

Films include Macbeth, Sleepy Hollow, Prometheus, Velvet Goldmine, The Draughtsman’s Contract and Brother Sun, Sister Moon and Private Road.

Recent radio includes Brady in The Last Tycoon (Radio 4), The Headmaster in The Pickerskill Report (Radio 4)

William Guant

William Guant

Previously at Chichester Dogsborough/Judge in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Minerva Theatre and Duchess Theatre) and Gayev in The Cherry Orchard (Festival Theatre).

Theatre credits include Dr Alfred Feldman in Duet For One (national tour), Parker in Sixty Six Books – Concerning Faith (Bush Theatre), Worcester/Shallow in Henry IV Parts I&II (Shakespeare’s Globe. 2011 Clarence Derwent Award), Theseus in The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne, Paris and New York), Charles Piper in The Family Reunion and Hakon Werlf in The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse), Gloucester in King Lear and Sorin in The Seagull (RSC, Stratford, London and world tour), Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (tour), Gabriel in Gates of Gold (Trafalgar Studios), Sir Francis Westwick in The Haunted Hotel and lead role in 84 Charing Cross Road (national tour), Duncan in Macbeth (Almeida), lead role in Humble Boy, Speer’s Father in Albert Speer, Simeonov Pischik in The Cherry Orchard, Colonel Redfern in Look Back in Anger, Pilate/Herod in The Mysteries and Birling in An Inspector Calls (National Theatre), Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Moon River Limited), lead roles in The Miracle Worker and Travels With My Aunt (Wyndhams Theatre) and Boys in the Band and Flip Side (West End). William has taken theatre to India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Kenya, Tanzania, Iran, Egypt, Tunisia, Japan and Korea for the British Council playing Macbeth. 

As a director credits include Here’s a Funny Thing (Fortune Theatre), One for the Road (Lyric), Macbeth (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), and plays at Manchester, Birmingham, Farnham, Cheltenham and Coventry, and for two years as Artistic Director at the Liverpool Playhouse.

Television credits include Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Doctors, Life of Riley,  What to Do When Someone Dies, Cast Offs, Holby City, 40, Heartbeat, The Vice, Next of Kin, No Place Like Home, The Champions, Sergeant Cork and York Minster.

Films include The Timber, Rufus Stone, Not Now Pet, Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason and La Femme Musketeer.

Radio includes The Absolutist and The History of Titus Groan.

Joe McGann

Joe McGann

Previously at Chichester Grime in The Water Babies and Assistant Director for The Gondoliers (Festival Theatre)and Emanuele Giri/O’Casey in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Minerva Theatre and Duchess Theatre).

Theatre credits include title role in Love Billy (Lyric Belfast), John in Calendar Girls, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, DS Webber in Earth and Sky, Cash in Live Bed Show, DI Brunton in Silhouette, Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Long and the Short and the Tall and Blood Brothers (national tours), Anthony in No Expense Spared (Jermyn Street Theatre), Richard in Lost Monsters (Liverpool Everyman),  Tom in Tom Dick and Harry (Duke of York’s Theatre), An Immaculate Misconception (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Lenny in Of Mice and Men (The Old Vic and Nottingham Playhouse), Take a Chance on Me (New End Theatre Hampstead), Terry in Wonderful Tennessee (Nottingham Playhouse), One Fine Day (one man show. Liverpool Playhouse and Albery Theatre), Andrew Veitch in Crooked Wood (King’s Head), Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Haymarket Theatre Leicester), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Canterbury Tales (Crucible Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk in the Wild Wild West (Young Vic),and Yakety Yak (Half Moon Theatre and Astoria).

Television includes Casualty, My Family, Casualty 24, I Shouldn’t Be Alive, Celebrity Masterchef, Liverpool Nativity, Casualty, Mersey Beat, Doctors, Night and Day, Heartbeat, Madame Bovary, Dangerfield, The Hanging Gale, The Upper Hand, The Harry Enfield Show, All Creatures Great and Small, The Chronicles of Narnina, Norbert Smith, Rockliffe’s Babies, The Brothers McGregor, The Gentle Touch and Johnny Jarvis.

Films include Limescale, Splinter, Puckoon, The Brylcreem Boys, No Surrender and Food of Love.

TICKETS & INFORMATION

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Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinee: 2.30pm
Duration: 2hr 50m
Intervals: One
Suitable for children 14+

Ticket Prices:
Stalls: £47.50, £37.50, Premiums £65
Dress Circle: £47.50, £37.50, £20
£12 Front row all performances (bookable online and at the Box Office)
No booking fee when purchased in person at the box office. A booking fee applies to all tickets purchased online or over the phone. All tickets include a £1 Theatre Restoration Levy.

Groups 8+:
Best available seats for just £35, Monday-Friday performances performances. Subject to availability. To book call 0844 482 9678 or email groups@nimaxtheatres.com

Education:
Suitable for Key Stages 4 + and particularly relevant for English, German, Drama and Theatre Studies..
School groups of 8+ just £19.50 per person
valid Monday – Wednesday 7.30pm & Thursday 2.30pm. Subject to availability
To book call 0844 482 9678 or email groups@nimaxtheatres.com

Bespoke Workshops available from Theatre Workout:
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Concessions (Seniors & Students)
£27.50 tickets available on the day at the theatre Box Office only or bookable in advance, by phone or in person, for Thursday matinees.
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The Resistible Rise Of

Arturo Ui

by Bertolt Brecht

Duchess Theatre

THEATRE INFORMATION

The Duchess Theatre is located on Catherine Street, near to Covent Garden in London's West End. Below you can find a map showing the location of the venue.

Address: Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA.

Tube Station: Covent Garden (Piccadilly), Holborn (Piccadilly and Central), Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo)

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