Lenny Henry now mob handed for Donmar’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Wise guys Michael Pennington, Guy Rhys and Giles Terera are joining Lenny Henry in The Donmar Warehouse production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Bruce Norris’ new translation of Bertolt Brecht’s satirical masterpiece about the rise of a demagogue will be directed by Simon Evans.

Lenny Henry makes his Donmar debut as Arturo Ui. He is joined by Michael Pennington, who recently played the title role in King Lear at the Royal & Derngate Northampton, as Dogsborough.

Other casting includes Philip Cumbus, Lucy Eaton, Tom Edden, Lucy Ellinson, Simon Holland Roberts, Louis Martin, Justine Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo.

Chicago!  A city of jazz and gangsters, prohibition and poverty.  Among the murk of the Great Depression, there’s room for a small time crook like Arturo Ui to make a name for himself. 

Ui and his henchmen just want to look after you, to offer protection for workers, for jobs, for businesses.  Nothing to fear. 

But a little bribery here, some harmless corruption there, and soon something much more dangerous takes hold.

Lenny Henry (Arturo Ui) made his West End acting debut in the role of Othello in the Northern Broadsides production at the Trafalgar Studios.

His portrayal won him critical acclaim and the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer.

He went on to star in Fences (on tour and West End), Rudy’s Rare Records (Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire) and The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre).

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, the second production in the Power Season, runs at the Donmar Warehouse from April 21 – June 17.

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