The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill

In collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann

Based on the book THE BEGGAR’S OPERA by John Gay, translated by Elisabeth Hauptmann

English translation by Simon Stephens

Directed by Jamie Anderson

Musical Direction by Terry LaBolt

Choreographed by DJ Gray

Polly tries to save him. Jenny tries to stop him. Macheath’s on the move. In 1928, after an intense study of Marx, Brecht and long-time collaborator Elisabeth Hauptmann pen Brecht’s first ‘play with music’ about a gang of thieves and grifters who “can’t have ethics that they can’t afford”. The Threepenny Opera is a biting satire on the post-war rise of capitalism. Based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, this darkly comic translation by Simon Stephens pits Macheath against “King of the Beggars” Peachum and the law. Propelled by Kurt Weill’s extraordinary score, Brecht’s story and theories merge in a pageant of cynicism and truth through tuneful music including standards like “Pirate Jenny” and “The Ballad of Mack the Knife.”


This play contains depictions of physical and sexual violence, use of stage blood, graphic language, use of slurs, sexually explicit content, implied drug use, gunshots, and moments of intimacy.

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