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Wednesday 15 August 2018, 7.30pm

Runtime: 2 hours and 10 minutes including a 15 minute interval


Thursday 16 August 2018, 2.30pm

Runtime: 2 hours and 10 minutes including a 15 minute interval


Thursday 16 August 2018, 7.30pm

Runtime: 2 hours and 10 minutes including a 15 minute interval

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20 April 2017 - 17 June 2017


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.



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Performance times
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

Preview prices
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


Donmar Warehouse
41 Earlham Street

London WC2H 9LX

Box Office

020 3282 3808

Mon - Sat: 10:00AM - 6:00PM


Captioned performance
Monday 5 June 2017, 7.30pm

Audio-described performance
Saturday 10 June 2017, 2.30pm (touch tour 1.30pm)

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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.

Open The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Behind the Scenes guide

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