The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

by Bertolt Brecht

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui | 9781472566577 | Bertolt Brecht

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ISBN:9781472566577

Format:Paperback / softback

Published:20/09/2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Description

Described by Brecht as ‘a gangster play that would recall certain events familiar to us all’, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler – recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster’s takeover of the city’s greengrocery trade. Using a wide range of parody and pastiche – from Al Capone to Shakespeare’s Richard III and Goethe’s Faust – Brecht’s compelling parable continues to have relevance wherever totalitarianism appears today.

Written during the Second World War in 1941, the play was one of the Berliner Ensemble’s most outstanding box-office successes in 1959, and has continued to attract a succession of major actors, including Leonard Rossiter, Christopher Plummer, Antony Sher and Al Pacino.

This version, originally translated by George Tabori, has been revised by leading Scottish playwright Alistair Beaton.