Henry Goodman will be reprising his award-winning performance in the title role of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui from tonight until September 14 at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre.
Following the run, which features the return of Keith Baxter, Michael Feast, William Gaunt and Joe McGann, the production will transfer to the West End’s Duchess Theatre.
Henry won the Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Play for his role when it was first staged during Chichester Festival Theatre’s Festival 2012.
His theatre credits include Festival 2010’s Yes, Prime Minister (which transferred to the West End), Duet for One (Almeida Theatre and West End), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible and West End) and Feelgood (Hampstead Theatre and West End),
Written in 1941 just before the exiled Bertolt Brecht (the playwright) arrived in America, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is set in 1930s Chicago during the Great Depression – a time of unemployment, fear and corruption.
It’s the perfect time for a small-fry crime boss and his henchmen to make it big and to seize a greater power.
Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui’s menacing shadow looms large, from the markets, to the docks and across the city itself.
Keith Baxter, who 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, plays the Actor.
He will be joined by Michael Feast as Roma, Joe McGann as Giri/O’Casey, William Gaunt as Old Dogsborough and Lizzy McInnerny plays Betty Dullfoot.
The cast also includes Mark Carlisle, Alex Giannini, Amanda Gordon, Charlie Hamblett, Lucas Hare, Hugh John, Richard Mark, Peter Moreton, Steve Simmonds, Colin Stinton, David Sturzaker and Benny Young.
Tickets: £24.50 to £30.50 (or £8.50 for 18-25 year olds) from CFT on (01243) 781312 or go to cft.org.uk.