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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - further casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE FULL cast has been announced for Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which runs at the Duchess Theatre from September 25 (previews from September 18) to December 7, 2013.

Joining the previously announced Henry Goodman (in the title role), Keith Baxter (as the Actor), Michael Feast (Roma), William Gaunt (Old Dogsborough) and Joe McGann (Giri/O’Casey) will be Mark Carlisle, Alex Giannini, Amanda Gordon, Charlie Hamblett, Lucas Hare, Hugh John, Richard Mark, Lizzy McInnerny, Peter Moreton, Steve Simmonds, Colin Stinton, David Sturzaker and Benny Young.

Previously Posted: Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will open at The Duchess Theatre on September 25, 2013, following preview performances from September 18.

Henry Goodman will reprise his award-winning performance in the title role.

Chicago in the 1930s, the Great Depression, is the perfect time for Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters to run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui’s menacing shadow looms large across the entire city as he strives to seize absolute power.

Written in 1941 just before the exiled Bertolt Brecht arrived in the USA, this epic parable of the rise of Hitler is one of his most accessible plays, shot through with razor-sharp humour.

Jonathan Church will direct a cast that also includes Keith Baxter (as the Actor), Michael Feast (Roma), William Gaunt (Old Dogsborough) and Joe McGann (Giri/O’Casey). Further casting has yet to be announced.

Henry Goodman, soon to star in The Old Vic’s production of The Winslow Boy, has also appeared on stage in Yes, Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End), Copenhagen (Lyceum Theatre Sheffield), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible and West End), The Hypochondriac (Almeida Theatre), Chicago (Adlephi Theatre), Art and Hysteria (Royal Court, West End and on tour) and Assassins (Donmar Warehouse).

His work at the RSC includes Richard III (title role), The Comedy of Errors and Henry VIII, while his credits for the National Theatre include The Merchant of Venice (as Shylock) and Guys and Dolls.

His screen credits include Yes, Prime Minister and the forthcoming dramas Falcón and Final Flight (TV); Wonder, Taking Woodstock, The Damned United, Keen Eddie, Colour Me Kubrick, Green Street, Out on a Limb, Churchill – The Hollywood Years, Notting Hill and Mary Reilly (film).

Goodman has won and been nominated for Olivier, Evening Standard, TMA and Critics’ Circle Awards for his roles in Duet for One, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Hysteria, Assassins, Groucho at Large, Peter Pan, Metamorphosis, Every Man in His Humour, The Devils, The Comedy of Errors, Volpone, The Time of Your Life, The Merchant of Venice and Angels in America.

Keith Baxter has previously appeared at Chichester in Elvira ’40, The Inconstant Couple, A Woman of No Importance, Tonight We Improvise, Antony and Cleopatra and The Country Wife. He also directed After October, Dangerous Corner and Rope at Chichester (the latter two productions both transferred to the West End).

Baxter’s numerous credits also include the stage and screen productions of Chimes at Midnight, directed by Orson Welles.

Michael Feast has previously appeared at Chichester in A Month in the Country, Macbeth (also West End, BAM and Broadway), Twelfth Night, The Master and Margarita, Faustus, Nathan the Wise, The Seagull, A Christmas Carol and Vivat! Vivat Regina!.

His credits elsewhere include The King’s Speech (UK tour and West End), The Forest, The Tempest, No Man’s Land and American Buffalo (National Theatre), Faust I & II (RSC Stratford), Murder in the Cathedral and Measure for Measure (RSC Stratford and London) and Ourselves Alone (Royal Court Theatre and Dublin).

William Gaunt has previously appeared at Chichester in The Cherry Orchard. His other theatre credits include Sixty Six Books – Concerning Faith (Bush Theatre), Henry IV Parts I & II (Shakespeare’s Globe), King Lear and The Seagull (RSC), Humble Boy, Albert Speer, The Cherry Orchard, Look Back in Anger, The Mysteries and An Inspector Calls (National Theatre), and West End productions of The Miracle Worker, Travels With My Aunt, Boys in the Band and Flip Side.

Joe McGann has previously appeared at Chichester in The Water Babies. His credits elsewhere include Of Mice and Men (Nottingham Playhouse and West End), the West End production of Oliver! directed by Sam Mendes, and national tours of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Guys and Dolls.

Jonathan Church is Chichester Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director. His credits there include Singin’ in the Rain, which received Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominations as well as a Award for Best Choreographer. The production is currently playing at the Palace Theatre. Church’s other Chichester credits include The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound, The Grapes of Wrath, Pravda, Hobson’s Choice, The Circle and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Elsewhere, his credits include the Olivier Award-nominated Of Mice and Men.

Brecht’s other work includes The Threepenny Opera (with Kurt Weill), The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Good Person of Szechuan and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is designed by Simon Higlett, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and music and sound by Mike Walker.

The production is booking at the Duchess Theatre until Saturday, December 7, 2013.

NB: Prior to its West End run, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will return to the Minerva Theatre Chichester for a limited engagement from August 15 to September 14, 2013.