THE THREEPENNY OPERA
February 27th to March 3rd, 2017
Directed by Eda Holmes
A Play with music based upon John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera
By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann
English Adaptation by Simon Stephens
(Live orchestra on stage)
With the 2018 graduating class in Acting, Directing, Production Design & Technical Arts, and Set and Costume Design.
Adapted from John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera, Brecht, Hauptmann and Weill’s Threepenny Opera is one of the best known works of the German Theatre. In Simon Stephens new translation of this canonical musical play, the action is updated, to re-emphasize the agency of women in a repressive society, and reflect on the seductive power of corruption (and destruction) in the modern world.
The play’s action is kicked off by the marriage of Polly Peachum (the daughter of the beggar king) to the infamous cut-throat and thief Mac The Knife. The wedding party is interrupted by the arrival of Tiger Brown, the chief superintendent of the police and an intimate friend of Mac. This intimacy makes everyone vulnerable. A whirlwind of manipulation, violence and sex ensues, all set to the ironic and iconic music of Kurt Weill.
” Everyone should see The Threepenny Opera because it’s one of the most important pieces of Theatre produced in the 20th century. It was written in 1928 in Berlin at a moment where there was a chance for the World to head in a different direction.” – Eda Holmes, Director
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