The Threepenny Opera

Live Broadcast from London's National Theatre

Mack the Knife is back in town. 

A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical -- Broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre!
London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off…

The Threepenny Opera proclaims itself "an opera for beggars," and offers a Socialist critique of the capitalist world. It was in fact an attempt both to satirize traditional opera and operetta and to create a new kind of musical theater based on the theories of two young German artists, composer Kurt Weill and poet-playwright Bert Brecht. The show opens with a mock-Baroque overture, a nod to Threepenny's source, The Beggar's Opera, a brilliantly successful parody of Handel's operas written by John Gay in 1728.

The Threepenny Opera was first performed in August 1928 in Berlin. By 1933, when Weill and Brecht were forced to leave Germany by the Nazi seizure of power, the play had been translated into 18 languages and performed more than 10,000 times on European stages. Songs from The Threepenny Opera have been widely covered and become standards, most notably "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer" ("The Ballad of Mack the Knife") and "Seeräuberjenny" ("Pirate Jenny").

This bold, anarchic production is brought to you by a creative powerhouse; adapted by Simon Stephens, (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and directed by Rufus Norris, (Everyman, London Road). With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond), as Macheath alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.

Contains scenes of a sexual nature, violence and profanity.

Cast (in order of appearance): George Ikediashi, Rory Kinnear, Nick Holder, Sarah Amankwah, Haydn Gwynne, Rosalie Craig, Dominic Tighe, Jamie Beddard, Andrew Buckley, Hammed Animashaun, Peter de Jersey, Sharon Small, Toyin Ayedun-Alase, Rebecca Brewer, Ricky Butt, Matt Cross, Debbie Kurup, Mark Carroll, Conor Neaves, Wendy Somerville

RUNNING TIME: 3 hours 5 min

Grimy, filthy and tremendously fun. - Time Out

Canny, foul-mouthed and deeply modern. It soars. - International New York Times

A snarling, sexy beast of a show.- Independent

Show Dates & Times:

9/22/16 - Thursday

2:00 pm,

$10/General Admission

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