The city of Chicago was used as a major talking point throughout the 2016 US election campaign with Donald Trump quick to highlight its crime and homicide rates, trading on fear and misunderstanding to present himself as the only viable option for change in the mid-western city and beyond.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Brecht’s satirical masterpiece about the rise of a demagogue will be given a new translation by Pulitzer, Olivier and Tony Award-winning American playwright, Bruce Norris. Lenny Henry makes his Donmar debut as Arturo Ui.
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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.