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By Michael Coveney   May 2017

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Donmar Warehouse, 20th April to 17th June

Political rhetoric has never seemed so worn, nor demagoguery so dire. It will be instructive, therefore, to re-visit Bertolt Brecht’s Richard III-style parable of the rise of National Socialism, in which the gangster Arturo Ui makes his way during the Great Depression. Corruption thrives in Chicago as a protection racket for jobs and business. Lenny Henry, a prominent comedian for several decades, knighted for services to drama and charity, scales another peak in a startling…

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