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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - Lenny Henry and the cast rehearse

Lenny Henry in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at The Donmar Warehouse.

Casting news

IMAGES have been released of Lenny Henry and the cast rehearsing The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for Bruce Norris’ new translation of Bertolt Brecht’s satirical masterpiece The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which runs at the Donmar Warehouse from May 2 (previews from April 21) to June 17, 2017.

Joining the previously announced Lenny Henry in the title role are Philip Cumbus (Clark/Prosecutor), Lucy Eaton (Dockdaisy), Tom Edden (Announcer/Ragg/Sheet/Actor/Butler), Lucy Ellinson (Giri), Simon Holland Roberts (Butcher/Judge), Louis Martin (Bodyguard/Caruther), Justine Mitchell (Public Defender/Betty Dullfeet), Gloria Obianyo (Flake/Hook), Michael Pennington (Dogsborough), Guy Rhys (Givola) and Giles Terera (Roma).

Philip Cumbus, who will be making his Donmar Warehouse debut, has appeared in numerous productions at Shakespeare’s Globe including Comus, The Inn and Lydda, The Lightning Child, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo & Juliet and The Merchant of Venice.

His credits elsewhere include First Light (Festival Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (UK Tour/Vaudeville Theatre), Moon Tiger (Theatre Royal Bath/Tour), The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse), The Master Builder (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Crucible (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). He has also appeared on television in The Rebel.

Lucy Eaton, also making her Donmar Warehouse debut, has previously appeared on stage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse), Almost Maine (Park Theatre), Win Lose Draw (Waterloo East) and The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic).

Tom Edden, also making his Donmar Warehouse debut, has numerous theatre credits including Amadeus (National Theatre), Doctor Faustus (Duke of York’s), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Apollo Theatre), Measure For Measure (Young Vic), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Oliver! (Sheffield Crucible) and One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre) for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor, and was nominated for a Tony Award and Outer Critics’ Circle Award.

His screen work includes Upstart Crow, The Woman in Red and Dr Who (TV); Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Cinderella, The Wolf Man and Mr Turner (film).

Also making her Donmar Warehouse debut is Lucy Ellinson, whose theatre credits include Grounded and Trojan Women (Gate Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Mad Man (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Money: The Game Show (Bush Theatre) and Fib (National Theatre). Her screen work includes New Tricks, Underworld: Dublin Gangland and Really.

Simon Holland Roberts has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Saint Joan. His theatre elsewhere includes Cyrano, All My Sons, Hamlet, Arms and the Man, Aristocrats, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Taming of the Shrew and Arden of Faversham (Theatr Clwyd), Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Assembly 13 (National Theatre Wales) and Love’s Labour’s Lost, Othello, Sex Strike, Edward IV, Henry VI, The School for Scandal, The Comedy of Errors and Sweet William (Northern Broadsides).

He has also appeared on television in All at Sea, Da Vinci’s Demons, Stepping Up, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Shameless, Eric & Ernie, Accused and The Street.

Louis Martin, also making his Donmar Warehouse debut, has previously appeared on stage in Future Conditional (Old Vic), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Last Days of Troy (Shakespeare’s Globe) and A Witness For The Prosecution (The Agatha Christie Theatre Company).

Justine Mitchell has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Michael Grandage’s production of King Lear. Elsewhere, her extensive theatre credits include The Plough and the Stars and Children of the Sun (National Theatre), For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre), Love For Love (RSC), Man – Three Plays By Tennessee Williams (Young Vic), The Rivals (Arcola Theatre) and Mr Burns (Almeida Theatre).

Her screen work includes The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II, Harry and Paul, Doctors, New Tricks and Wild At Heart (TV); The Stag, Imagine Me and You, Citizen Verdict, The Honeymooners, Goldfish Memory and Conspiracy of Silence (film).

Gloria Obianyo, making her Donmar Warehouse debut, has previously appeared on stage in The Wild Party (St James Theatre), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Michael Pennington previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in The Cosmonauts Last Message to the Woman He Loved. His most recent theatre credits include King Lear (UK Tour), She Stoops to Conquer (Theatre Royal Bath), A Winter’s Tale (Garrick Theatre), Richard II (RSC), Dances of Death (Gate Theatre) and Anthony and Cleopatra, The Syndicate, The Master Builder, Collaboration and Taking Sides (Chichester Festival Theatre).

His screen work includes Endeavour, Father Brown, Silent Witness, Holby City, The Tudors, Lewis, Walking the Dead and The Bill (TV); The Iron Lady and Return of the Jedi (film). Together with director Michael Bogdanov, Pennington founded the English Shakespeare Company in 1986 and is an honorary Associate Artist.

Guy Rhys has previously appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Saint Joan. He most recently appeared in Pomona, which originated at the Orange Tree Theatre, and the subsequent National Theatre/Manchester Royal Exchange revival. His other theatre credits include Jason and the Argonauts (Unicorn), Bird (Sherman Cymru/Manchester Royal Exchange), Wendy & Peter (RSC), Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon) and Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre).

Also making his Donmar Warehouse debut is Giles Terera whose stage credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Hamlet, Death and the King’s Horseman, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Troilus and Cressida, Candide, Honk!, The Darker Face of the Earth, Mind the Gap and Walk in the Light (National Theatre), The Tempest (RSC), The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), Pure Imagination (St James’ Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Globe Theatre, International Tour) and Generations of the Dead (Young Vic).

He has also appeared on screen in Horrible Histories and Doctors (TV); The Current War, Muse of Fire and London Boulevard (film).

All other characters will be played by members of the company.

Making theatre accessible to as many people as possible remains at the heart of the Donmar’s mission. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui has tickets available throughout the run via KLAXON TICKETS: a new allocation of tickets, starting from £10, being made available every Monday for performances two weeks later. Tickets will also be available across the auditorium at every price band.

The Donmar’s new YOUNG+FREE scheme, which provides free tickets to those aged 25 and under will also continue throughout the season, with releases for tickets on the last Friday of each month. YOUNG+FREE is made possible thanks to donations from Donmar audiences via PAY IT FORWARD. The Donmar has now received almost 2,750 donations alongside their partnership with Delta Airlines, which has enabled the venue to allocate almost 5,600 of these free tickets so far to those aged 25 and under.

Audiences can sign up to receive information about tickets on the Donmar’s website.

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