The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - Duchess Theatre

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Duchess Theatre

Duchess Theatre
3-5 Catherine Street

Seating Plan


(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 3 review(s)


Latest Review: "This production is very interesting, with perhaps the most phenomenal ending I have ever seen. If..."

Bertolt Brecht’s famous play The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui has captivated audiences since it was originally penned decades ago, with numerous production rising over the years to give those with theatre tickets a gripping portrayal of the rise of the ruthless criminal Arturo Ui.

In 2012 the latest production of the story to emerge was at the Chichester Festival Theatre with Henry Goodman among the cast members bringing to life 1930s Chicago and that production then made way for a West End run in 2013 with Goodman returning alongside a cast that also includes Michael Feast, Keith Baxter, William Gaunt and Joe McGann.

Jonathan Church directs a story that uses a fictional criminal’s rise in depression era Chicago to chronicle Adolf Hitler’s own rise in 1930s Nazi Germany. Arturo Ui is a small time player at the beginning of the piece, but the economic situation in America is the perfect opportunity for him to rise through the ranks in Chicago and seize absolute power. Over time he and his henchman control everything from the city proper to the docklands and beyond and it is clear that he cannot be stopped.

Henry Goodman portrays the title character on this occasion and as a result he follows in the footsteps of various acclaimed actors to have done so over the years, from Al Pacino to Simon Callow. Goodman has been seen in the West End regularly over the years and most notably this has taken the form of Sir Humphrey Appleby in Yes, Prime Minister at the Gielgud Theatre (another show that originated at the Chichester) and his 2013 role in The Winslow Boy at the Old Vic Theatre. His other credits include Duet For One at the Vaudeville Theatre and Fiddler On The Roof at the Savoy Theatre, among many others.

Meanwhile, his co-star Michael Feast has appeared onstage and screen in the likes of Phaedra at the Donmar Warehouse and various productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Recent years have seen him appear in movies like A Fantastic Fear Of Everything with Simon Pegg and television shows like Holby City.

Following on from other 2013 shows like Untold Stories, The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui runs at the Duchess Theatre from Wednesday 18th September 2013.

Show Information
Booking From: Saturday, 7th December 2013
Booking Until: Saturday, 7th December 2013
Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Show Status: production_closed
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