The resistible rise of Arturo Ui
Part of the Student Editions series
This is an annotated student edition of one of Brecht's most famous plays and a classic of modern literature/theatre.
Described by Brecht as "a gangster play that would recall certain events familiar to us all", "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. "One of the greatest poets and dramatists of our century" - "Observer".