The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

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



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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.

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

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX, GB-LBH, GB
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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... Read more

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