The Threepenny Opera

Olivier Theatre, National, London
The Threepenny Opera
Olivier Theatre, National, London
Our Review 3 / 5

A landmark of twentieth century musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera comes to the National Theatre in a bold new production.

Simon Stephens’ vivid and darkly comic new translation of Brecht’s book and lyrics meets Kurt Weill’s extraordinary score.

Rory Kinnear plays Macheath.

Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour.

The original German text is based on Elisabeth Hauptmann’s German translation of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera



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.

Mack the Knife is back in town.

Opening date |
26th May 2016
Booking from |
21st September 2016
Available until |
1st October 2016
Categories |
Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour. 
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens
National Theatre
Rufus Norris
Paule Constable
Paul Arditti
Vicki Mortimer
Imogen Knight
Cast list:
Rory Kinnear (Macheath), Jamie Beddard, Rosalie Craig and Nick Holder
Other info:
Musical Direction: David Shrubsole. Fight direction by Rachel Bown Williams and Ruth Cooper of RC-ANNIE Ltd. Contains 'filthy language and immoral behaviour'.

Olivier Theatre, National Venue Information

Olivier Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review of The Threepenny Opera


The National have previously staged The Beggar's Opera, John Gay's folk opera from 1728 that was one of the first British musicals, back in 1982. Then in 2000 it staged a contemporary rewrite The Villain's Opera. Now they finally tackle the scattergun but powerful Brecht/Weill version, inspired by the same story, first premiered in 1928 in Berlin, at the same time that yet another brand-new rewrite of the original source material The Busker's Opera is being staged at London's... Read more

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