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Duchess Theatre

Catherine Street WC2B 5LA

The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui

By Bertoit Brecht
Duchess Theatre 3D mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Duchess theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 18th Sept 13
Opens 25th Sept 13
Closes 7th Dec 13

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matineée - Thurs & Sat 2.30 pm
Length of Show
2 hrs 50 min

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




"You don't have to be an expert on the third Reich to get Brecht's KeyPoint: that overreaching power is, as its earliest stages, resistible." Michael Billington

Where else have we heard this before? Or is resistance irrelevant? Apart from those human beings who are actually creating new books, new plays, new music, new poems, new new whatever – most others seem to have their nose buried in the trough of past travesties. It calls to mind the film 'Canal' which depicted Polish people escaping the Germans into the sewers to be condemned to wander for the rest of their short lives in the excrement of the past.

People(critics) say 'it's a wonderful way to explain history', or 'it's a lesson to be learned', or 'this is a beautiful enactment of good playwritten parts'. If any of these sentiments are true WHEN ARE WE GOING TO LEARN? Or are we going to learn? NO! we are only going to get a taste for it that's all.  Goodman's performance was enthusiastically received by critics as a great piece of acting.

Given what Ed Bernays has taught us, the balance of supply and demand is now weighted on what they want to supply us. Framed as a musical, drama or thriller it can be darkness or light. Psychopaths and sociopaths are always dark because they are actually subhuman. Although there may be something we can learn by looking at the behaviour of a SUB human, I would say it was unwise to get lost in the sewer. Even following the glimmer of daylight, we may find a grill over the exit it when we finally reach there in an exhausted and starving condition.

It's urgently time to increase the creating of art, in this case plays,  with an element of optimism, humour, and the HIGHEST in humanity before we start to forget what that actually means. After all when you look at the West End and what is on offer it's not too far away before we will forget the highest instead of the lowest.

The highest can be described in words like:
Truth, Love, Integrity, Loyalty, Service, Humour, Innocence, Joy, Power, Strength, Courage, Honesty, Vision, Beauty, Insight, Intelligence and Grace. We have free will so of course every one of these qualities can be used to progress good or evil – where evil is actually missing the point (rather than some hairy hoofed monster usually depicted with a tail and horns). So what's the missing point, word or link?

This is a theatre review after all. You tell me. Now we are we going to correct what appears to be a serious imbalance – here's a start. The Duchess HAS changed plays and we have some delight and joy and some innocence right here - see right. ALREADY HEAVILY BOOKED.


  • Henry Goodman - Arturo Ui
  • Michael Feast - Roma
  • William Gaunt - Old Dogsborough
  • Joe McGann - Giri / O’Casey
  • Keith Baxter - Actor
  • Mark Carlisle
  • Alex Giannini
  • Amanda Gordon
  • Charlie Hamblett
  • Lucas Hare
  • Hugh John
  • Richard Mark
  • Lizzy McInnerny
  • Peter Moreton
  • Steve Simmonds
  • Colin Stinton
  • David Sturzaker
  • Benny Young

  • Director - Jonathan Church
  • Playwright - Bertoit Brecht
  • Translation - George Tabori
  • Design - Simon Higlett
  • Lighting - Tim Mitchell
  • Sound - Mike Walker
  • Producer - Chichester Festival
© 2017 Updated 23rd Dec 2013