The "Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui": v.6

The "Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui": v.6

Paperback Modern Classics

By (author) Bertolt Brecht, Edited by John Willett, Translated by Ralph Manheim, Translated by R. Manheim

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  • Publisher: METHUEN DRAMA
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 198mm x 12mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0413478106
  • ISBN 13: 9780413478108
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 121,880

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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. Presented in Methuen Drama's Modern Classics series, this is the standard critical edition of the play featuring extensive editorial notes and an introduction.

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A major dramatist of the twentieth century, Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was the founder of one of the most influential theatre companies, the Berliner Ensemble, and the creator of some of the landmark plays of the twentieth century: The Threepenny Opera, Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.