In a world run by beggars, thieves, crooks and whores the only way to survive is violence and cruelty. Criminal ringleader Macheath has secretly married the daughter of the ruler of the beggars and his many 'wives', girlfriends and whores have to decide whether they are better off with or without him. Everyone betrays everyone else as there can be no loyalty amongst the downtrodden. Macheath's seductive journey through Brecht's Threepenny underworld will highlight the gender issues and conflicts in addition to the more obvious class struggles as he attempts to skilfully sidestep the gallows. Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour.


Rory Kinnear (Macheath), Jamie Beddard, Nick Holder, Rosalie Craig


Music: Kurt Weill
Book by: Bertolt Brecht
Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht
Corporate Sponsor: Travelex
Producer: National Theatre
Translation: Simon Stephens
Director(s): Rufus Norris, Rachel Bown-Williams (RC-Annie Ltd - fight director), Ruth Cooper-Brown (RC-Annie Ltd - fight director)
Design: Vicki Mortimer
Musical Director: David Shrubsole
Choreographer: Imogen Knight
Lighting: Paule Constable
Sound: Paul Arditti
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The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T0788940371. Details of all The Threepenny Opera archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S2106

Archive Listings

18 May 16
1 Oct 16
Olivier (National Theatre)
West End
Greater London

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