Bertolt Brecht's Hitler allegory in Heiner Müller's original staging.

Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui

Bertolt Brecht, Heiner Müller, Berliner Ensemble

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Heiner Müller’s legendary staging of Brecht’s dark ‘Hitler-operetta’ has been one of the major successes of the famous Berliner Ensemble, featuring the brilliant theatre and film actor Martin Wuttke in the lead role. In his unadulterated satirical allegory, Brecht translated the rise to power of Hitler and his nazis to the gangland of Chicago in the 1930’s. Leading a preposterous procession of nazi caricatures, loathsome small time crook Arturo Ui is the alter ego of Adolf Hitler, an opportunist hooligan who is willing to go to any lengths to work his way up in the world. Ui and his gang are cunningly exploited by influential big business leaders to sideline traditional politics and allowed to seize absolute power.