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Simon Evans: 'Audiences are as alive to politics now as when Brecht wrote Arturo Ui'

Evans has turned the Donmar into a speakeasy for his revival of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

WhatsOnStage were invited to take a peek at the new look Donmar Warehouse ahead of this evening's opening night of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Simon Evans' revival of Bertolt Brecht's 1941 play about a Chicago mobster, a satire on Hitler and the Nazi party, sees the Donmar transformed as you've never seen it before. Gone is the fixed seating, replaced with wooden tables and chairs that turn the Earlham Street venue into an in-the-round speakeasy.

We spoke with Evans and designer Peter McKintosh about how they approached the play and its setting.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui runs at the Donmar Warehouse until 17 June 2017.

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