Having just come from seeing The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Chichester Minerva Theatre and been bowled over, I am very tempted to go and see SplitMoon’s production of a young Brecht’s play, In the Jungle of the Cities which will be playing at the Arcola Theatre from today (18 September) directed by Peter Sturm.
Brecht said himself, “You are in Chicago in 1912. You are about to witness an inexplicable wrestling match between two men and observe the downfall of a family that has moved from the prairies to the jungle of the big city. Don’t worry your heads about the motives for the fight, concentrate on the stakes. Judge impartially the technique of the contenders, and keep your eyes fixed on the finish.” The premiere in Munich in 1923 and was interrupted by Nazi hoodlums shouting and throwing stink bombs, suggesting it was as effective as a play! The play runs until 5 October.
The Arcola Box Office is at 020 7503 1646 or on line at www.arcolatheatre.com