Henry Goodman plays one of the richest and most demanding roles in the contemporary dramatic canon in a new production of Bertolt Brecht's epic, savagely funny parable of the rise of Hitler.
Chichester's Festival 2012 production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui also features Michael Feast, William Gaunt and Joe McGann among the distinguished cast.
The play is set in 1930s Chicago, the Great Depression – a time of unemployment, fear and corruption and the perfect time for a small-fry crime boss and his henchmen to make it big, to seize a greater power, an absolute power.
Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui's menacing shadow looms large, from the markets, to the docks and across the city itself.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will be at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester from 29 June – 28 July, Evenings 7.45pm (except Press Night: Wednesday 11 July 7.00pm), Matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: Previews/Press Night £23.50; Evenings/Matinees £29.50. To book, go to cft.org.uk or call the Box Office on 01243 781312.
To Direct Brecht is a pre-show event in which director Jonathan Church introduces his new production, in conversation with writer and broadcaster Kate Mosse. This talk is on Monday 9 July, 6.00pm, Minerva Theatre. The event is free but tickets must be booked in advance through the Box Office on 01243 781312.
After Words – stay after the performance on Tuesday 17 July and join some of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui company in conversation about the production.
Chichester Festival Theatre celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2012. Events which will mark the extraordinary history and optimistic future of the Festival Theatre will include arts exhibitions, a commemorative book by local author Kate Mosse, local free public events, and the creation of a temporary structure Theatre on the Fly which will house new work from Chichester Festival Theatre's team of graduate directors during Festival 2012.
Simultaneously, Chichester Festival Theatre productions of Singin' in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, South Downs and The Browning Version are playing in London's West End, allowing the Theatre's work to be seen by thousands of people beyond the Sussex region.
Henry Goodman plays one of the richest and most demanding roles in the contemporary dramatic canon in a new production of Bertolt Brecht's epic play, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. 29 June – 28 July, Minerva Theatre, Chichester Tickets: University of Chichester Previews: £10 & £27 Previews/Press Night: £14 - £33 Evenings/Matinees: £15 - £36 To book, visit cft.org.uk or contact the Box Office on 01243 781312.