The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Bertolt Brecht

4-15 September


1930s Chicago. Small time crime boss Arturo and his men offer protection. Protection for workers, jobs, businesses. As the Great Depression hits the City's fortunes, Arturo strikes a deal and makes a killing until soon his shadow looms from the markets to the docks. But whether you're with him or against him, you can't ignore the resistible rise of Arturo Ui.

Described by its author, Bertolt Brecht, as a "history farce", this play was kept under wraps for almost two decades after it was written in 1941. It was to be two years after Brecht's death that his work was finally premi?red in Germany. The play parodies the rise of Adolph Hitler in the Germany of the 1930s, though it is set, not in Germany as one might expect, but in Chicago in the United States. And as the title implies, Brecht's view seems to be that the rise of Hitler was preventable.

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