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In The Jungle of Cities

by Bertolt Brecht, Translated by Gerhard Nellhaus

Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin St, Dalston, E8 3DL
Box Office 0207 5031646,
London Overground to Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland
Buses 149, 242, 76, 243, 38, 56, 30, 277

will be at Studio 1 Arcola from Wednesday 18 September for 19 performances to Saturday 5 October 2013. In The Jungle of Cities is set in a mythical Chicago and was first performed in Munich in 1923 where it caused an outcry.

‘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.’ Prologue

In the cast are Jeffery Kissoon (Shlink), Joseph Arkley (Garga), Mia Austen (Jane Larry), Rebecca Brewer (Mary), Alex Britton (Skinny, Manky), Helen Sheals (Mae Garga), Stephen O’Toole (John Garga), Jürgen Schwarz (Worm), Michael Walters (Baboon), Joseph Adelakun (Compere & Saxophone). It is directed by Peter Stürm, with design by Nicolai Hart Hansen, sound by Mike Furness, and lighting by Howard Hudson. It is produced by SplitMoon Theatre.

Jeffery Kissoon has been in many productions with the RSC and National Theatre. Recent roles include as Julius Caesar in Greg Doran’s production of ‘Julius Caesar’ at Stratford, the Noel Coward Theatre 2012 and B.A.M. New York in April. He was Antony to Kim Cattrell’s Cleopatra in a sold out season directed by Janet Suzman at the Liverpool Everyman in 2010. His extensive career includes international productions directed by Calixto Bieito, Robert Lepage, and Peter Brook. He was Vladimir in ‘Waiting for Godot’ West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2012. Joseph Arkley has been in many recent productions with the RSC including in the New York Park Avenue Armoury 2011season. He was in ‘Brilliant Adventures’ Royal Exchange earlier this year. Mia Austen has just been in ‘London Wall’ at St James Theatre. Rebecca Brewer’s stage roles include in Trevor Nunn’s productions of ‘A Chorus of Disapproval’ and as Jenny in ‘Aspects of Love’. Helen Sheals has been in many productions with Northern Broadsides including as Lady Macbeth. She has also been seen in many RSC seasons. She was in Downton Abbey earlier this year. Michael Walters will be seen in ‘About Time’ directed and written by Richard Curtis for UK release 6 September. He played Jean-Michel Basquiat in ‘A Thousand Miles of History’ at the Bussey Building early this year. International director Peter Stürm directed a workshop of In The Jungle of Cities in London in 2010. The 12 strong company included Alex Britton, Stephen O’Toole and Jürgen Schwarz.

Al Pacino was in the Circle in the Square Theatre New York production in 1979. In 1992 there was a production at Southwark Playhouse directed by Mehmet Ergen now artistic director of the Arcola.

Bertolt Brecht’ s most revived plays are ‘Mother Courage’, ‘The Threepenny Opera’, ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ and ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’.

Wed 18 September – Sat 5 October 2012
Running Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Sat mats 2.30pm, Tickets £14 - £18 (£14 Conc), Pay What You Can Tuesdays

3 August 2013