Author(s): Bertolt Brecht
In this savage and witty parable written in exile in 1941, Brecht recasts the rise of Hitler as a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade. This prizewinning translation by Ralph Manheim skilfully captures the wide range of parody and pastiche in the original - from Richard III to Al Capone, from Mark Antony to Faust - without diminishing the horror of the real-life Nazi prototypes.
A staple of school, college and university syllabusIncludes Brecht's own notes plus an introduction and commentary by John Willett and Ralph ManheimA set text for AQA GCE Drama2006 is the 50th anniversary of Brecht's deathThe play will tour from 26 Feb-31 March '07, produced by Blackeyed Theatre Company
A major dramatist of the twentieth century, Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)was the founder of one of the most influential theatre companies, theBerliner Ensemble, and the creator of some of the landmark plays of thetwentieth century: The Threepenny Opera, The Life of Galileo, MotherCourage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.