'A tremendous new adaptation by Bruce Norris ... This show shines'OBSERVER
'Lenny Henry brings a heavyweight authority... Skilfully performed, atmospheric, at times uproariously funny'Evening Standard
'There's never a dull moment... Simon Evans' terrifically well-paced and atmospheric production... Lenny Henry's tour de force'Daily Telegraph
'Criminally irresistible... a riotous evening which is theatrically unpretentious, fun, and sometimes unnervingly profound'Theatre Cat
'A thrilling night of epic theatre... Tom Edden and Giles Terera give captivating performances'Theatre Weekly
'Lenny Henry exudes massive authority... there is strong support from Giles Terera and Justine Mitchell'Guardian
‘There’s more than enough both to entertain and impress’FINANCIAL TIMES
THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
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.
Brecht’s satirical masterpiece about the rise of a demagogue in a new adaptation by Pulitzer, Olivier and Tony Award-winning American playwright, Bruce Norris. Lenny Henry makes his Donmar debut as Arturo Ui.
Power Season Debates Series
Each of the productions in the season, in different ways, look at the fight for power, the rise to power, and the exercise of power.
During the season, we gathered leading voices in politics, the arts, business and journalism to debate some of the key threads linking these productions, and civil society, together. Listen to them here.
Evenings Mon-Sat: 7.30pm
Matinees Thu and Sat: 2.30pm
Latecomers will not be admitted.
Running time: approximately 2 hours 35 minutes including a 15 minute interval
Please note: This production contains strong language and moments of audience interaction.
Stalls: £40, £30
Circle: £30, £20, £10
Stalls: £37.50, £27.50
Circle: £27.50, £17.50
For over 60s: £40 reduced to £32.50 and £30 reduced to £25 (matinees only)
Disabled customers: £20 (must be booked in advance. Phone bookings only)
A booking fee of £1 will be applied for delivery by post
41 Earlham Street
London WC2H 9LX
020 3282 3808
Mon - Sat: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Director Simon Evans
Designer Peter McKintosh
Lighting Designer Howard Harrison
Composer & Sound Designer Ed Lewis
Movement Director Stephen Mear
Casting Directors Alastair Coomer CDG & Vicky Richardson
in order of speaking
Announcer/Ragg/Butler/Actor/Grocer Tom Edden
Clark/Prosecutor Philip Cumbus
Caruther/Young Dogsborough/Bodyguard Louis Martin
Butcher/Judge/Grocer/Gunman/Dullfeet Simon Holland Roberts
Flake/Hook/Inna/Grocer Gloria Obianyo
Dogsborough/Pastor Michael Pennington
Ernesto Roma Giles Terera
Arturo Ui Lenny Henry
Dockdaisy/Short Gunman/Grocer Lucy Eaton
Emanuele Giri Lucy Ellinson
Giuseppe Givola Guy Rhys
Bowl/O'Casey/Betty Dullfeet Justine Mitchell
All other characters played by members of the company
Behind the Scenes Guide
We create a Behind the Scenes guide for every production containing interviews, rehearsal diaries and images, and a glimpse into the characters in the play.