The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Bertolt Brecht in a new translation by Bruce Norris

Donmar Warehouse

20th April 2017 - 17th June 2017

Arturo Ui

Lenny Henry

Dogsborough/Pastor

Michael Pennington

Clerk/Prosecutor

Philip Cumbus

Dock Daisy

Lucy Eaton

Announcer/Rag/

Sheet/Actor/Butler

Tom Edden

Girl

Lucy Ellison

Butcher/Judge

Simon Holland Roberts

Bodyguard/Caruther

Louis Martin

Public Defender/Betty Dullfoot

Justine Mitchell


Flake/Hook

Gloria Obianyo

Givola

Guy Rhys

Roma

Giles Terera



Director

Simon Evans

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Reviews


There are some fine supporting performances too, especially from Michael Pennington as the weak manipulated bureaucrat….

-Radio Times


Michael Pennington brings emotional complexity to the corrupt Dogsborough…

-The Stage


…Michael Pennington splendidly conveys the draining of moral authority from this silver-haired, self-sentimentalising figure…

-The Independent


Michael Pennington lends Dogsborough the right mix of venality and vulnerability….

The Guardian


…several performances stand out. It is fascinating to scrutinise Michael Pennington’s subtle facial expressions as Dogsborough, city hall boss. He smiles helplessly when buttered up, and, when he thinks he is about to be cheated, holds his head perfectly still, with only his eyes shifting from side to side.

The Observer