"Theatrical perfection" Arturo Ui comes to Nottingham

Thursday 27th October 2011

Our sensational co-production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is now on and the nation’s critics agree this is a must-see event.

The play follows the rise of local crime boss Arturo Ui in depression hit 1930s Chicago. With a winning smile, a machine gun and an army of hoods, he sets out to take over the cauliflower trade and become master of the city.

In a recent interview with the Nottingham Post, Ian Bartholomew, who plays Arturo Ui, said of the play, ‘With this new translation it’s very punchy. It’s very colloquial, very accessible and very funny. It’s very fast-moving and very modern which is its strength.’ The nation’s critics seem to agree:

  • The Times
    ‘A superb performance’

  • The Guardian
    ‘Walter Meierjohann’s production goes full tilt for dramatic impact’

‘As close to theatrical perfection as anybody has a right to expect…The whole cast are at the very top of their game and so make the whole play zip along at lightening speed’ The Stage)

‘Ian Bartholomew’s Ui is a performance of staggering, slumping strutting genius…Stephen Sharkey’s new translation is stiletto-sharp’ The Observer

Ian has waited all his life to play Arturo Ui as he says, ‘It’s one of the great roles in European theatre in the 20th century.’

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is perfect viewing for fans of shows like The Sopranos, The Wire and Boardwalk Empire and for those that enjoy powerful storytelling.

To read Ian’s interview with the Nottingham Post in full click here

Nottingham Playhouse | Wed 26 Oct – Sat 12 Nov | Box Office 0115 941 9419
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