The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui  (Modern Plays): Vol 6

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Modern Plays): Vol 6

by Bertolt Brecht (Author), JohnWillett (Editor), RalphManheim (Editor), R.Manheim (Editor)

Synopsis

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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Methuen Drama
Published: 03 Sep 1981

ISBN 10: 0413478106
ISBN 13: 9780413478108
Book Overview: Brecht is one of the most important dramatists of the twentieth century whose work is studied on every Theatre Studies course. A trusted translation of one of Brecht's most popular plays plus Brecht's own notes on the play and all the important textual variants. Features extensive editorial notes and an introduction.

Author Bio
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.