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Talk: Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill in Collaboration

Wednesday 8 June, 5.30 - 6.45pm
Running Time: 1hrs 15mins

Wednesday 8 June, 5.30 - 6.45pm
Cottesloe Room, Clore Learning Centre
£8 (£6 concessions)

The Threepenny Opera was an instant hit when it opened in 1928 at Berlin's Theater am Schiffbauerdamm.

This event explores the ups and downs of composer Kurt Weill (1900 - 1950) and playwright Bertolt Brecht's (1898 - 1956) working relationship. Matthew Scott (NT Head of Music) and Tom Kuhn (University of Oxford) discuss the creation of The Threepenny Opera, Brecht and Weill's journey to stage the production, its reception, legacy, their other collaborations and the cultural scene of the Weimar Republic.

Tom Kuhn teaches German at Oxford University where he is a Professor of 20th-century German Literature and a Fellow of St Hugh's College. He has been the principal editor of the English-language editions of Brecht since 2002. Numerous publications on Brecht and on 20th-century drama and exile literature include, most recently, Brecht on Theatre, Brecht on Art and Politics and Bertolt Brecht: Love Poems (all 2015). He is currently engaged in a major research project to study the cultural transmission of Brecht's work and to extend the corpus of work available in English. Together with David Constantine he is embarking on a major new edition of Brecht's poems.

Matthew Scott is Head of Music at the National Theatre. He trained at the Guildhall School and City University London, at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik and in New York, where he worked as Music Assistant to Lotte Lenya, Kurt Weill's widow. He wrote his PhD on the American works of Kurt Weill at City University London. Matthew Scott has produced Trans Global Underground, Antony and the Johnsons and Martha Wainwright, and has appeared with Faithless. Previously an Associate Artist at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and Birmingham Rep Theatre, he is an Associate of Chichester Festival Theatre and a Professor of Composition in Music at the University of Southampton.

Theatre credits include: A Marvelous Year for Plums, Thee Deep Blue Sea, Rattigan's Nijinsky, Separate Tables, Twelfth Night, Hobson's Choice, Pravda, Entertaining Angels (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound, The Master Builder and Office Suite (Minerva Theatre, Chichester). Among his 25 commissions for the National Theatre: The Doctor's Dilemma, Detroit and the premiere of The Habit of Art. Other recent theatre includes Private Lives (West End and Broadway), Horrible Histories and George's Marvelous Medicine. TV includes Drop the Dead Donkey, Middlemarch, Bedtime and Mrs Bradley's Mysteries. Films include The Land Girls.

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