The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

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By Bertolt Brecht

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Here's some advice:
Don't ever underestimate Arturo.
You'll be found out and stopped, eventually,
Just like I stopped this fuckin' treachery
And better late than never. Now ya see
What happens when ya fuck with me, ya lousy
Rat-fuck bastards?

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 has been adapted by Pulitzer, Olivier and Tony award-winning American playwright Bruce Norris. It was published for the world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, London, which opened on 21 April 2017 starring Lenny Henry.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui