By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
English translation by Ralph Manheim and John Willett
Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann’s German Translation of John Gay’s THE BEGGAR’S OPERA
Original Orchestrations by Kurt Weill
“The greatest musical of all time” Newsweek
‘The 1928 show that made musicals like Cabaret and Chicago possible: Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera is the granddaddy of all the singing, stinging portraits of fat societies on their eves of destruction.’ THE NEW YORK TIMES
Brutal, scandalous and raunchy, the Gate Theatre is proud to present The Threepenny Opera, the epic masterpiece of 20th century musical theatre, in association with Dublin Theatre Festival.
This savage satire on bourgeois society tells the tale of the villainous but irresistible Macheath (‘Mack the Knife’) a notorious thief, pimp and murderer, and his entourage of criminals. The Threepenny Opera caused an immediate sensation when it opened in Berlin in 1928, changing the shape of musical theatre forever. It is now one of the best-loved musicals of all time.
Brecht’s sardonic tale of beggars, thieves and prostitutes is a fierce social and political critique, which is vividly complemented by Weill’s amazing score, an exhilarating fusion of American Jazz and German Cabaret. With an instantly-recognisable catalogue of musical numbers and featuring a live orchestra, alongside some of Ireland’s most exciting singers and actors, The Threepenny Opera promises to be an intoxicating and unforgettable theatrical event. For a limited run only.