The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Methuen Student Edition) (Student Editions)

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Methuen Student Edition) (Student Editions)

by Bertolt Brecht (Author), RalphManheim (Editor), NonWorral (Editor)

Synopsis

An annotated student edition of one of Brecht's most famous plays and a classic of modern literature/theatre. 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. One of the greatest poets and dramatists of our century Observer

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 108
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: Methuen Drama
Published: 15 Aug 2002

ISBN 10: 0413772632
ISBN 13: 9780413772633
Book Overview: A set text for AQA GCE Drama The 50th anniversary of Brecht's death in 2006 with some major new productions of his work in this country: Life of Galileo at the National Theatre, Mother Courage toured by English Touring Theatre Brecht is one of the great twentieth century playwrights, directors and poets who has had an enormous influence on theatre Strong sales to schools and colleges where this and other works by Brecht are set texts This student edition includes a full commentary, plot summary, notes, bibliography, chronology of the writer's life and work and questions for study

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One of the greatest poets and dramatists of our century Observer
Author Bio
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) grew to maturity as a playwright in the frenetic years of the twenties and early thirties, with such plays as The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny and The Mother. He left Germany when Hitler came to power in 1933, eventually reaching the United States in 1941, where he remained until 1947. It was during this period of exile that masterpieces such as The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle were written. Shortly after his return to Europe in 1947, he founded the Berliner Ensemble, with whom he created a number of legendary productions of his own plays. He died in 1956 and his Centenary was celebrated in 1998.