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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui transfers to Duchess


The Chichester Festival production The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, transfers to the West End's Duchess Theatre, from 18 Sep to 7 Dec 2013.

Cast includes Henry Goodman, Michael Feast, William Gaunt, Joe McGann, Keith Baxter.

Directed by Jonathan Church, designed by Simon Higlett, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Mike Walker.

The play is a satirical allegory of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany. 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.

Henry Goodman is currently starring in The Winslow Boy at the Old Vic until 25 May 2013. His other London stage credits include "The Holy Rosenberg" at the Cottesloe, NT in 2011; "Yes, Prime Minister" at the Gielgud Theatre in 2010; "Duet For One" at the Vaudeville in 2009; "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Savoy in 2007; "Hypochondriac" at the Almeida in 2005; "The Birthday Party" at the Duchess in 2005; "Feelgood" at the Hampstead & Garrick in 2001; Chicago" at the Adelphi in 1998; "Guys & Dolls" at the Olivier, NT in 1996; "Broken Glass" at the Lyttelton, NT & Duke of York's in 1994/1995.

- by Darren Dalglish

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