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The Threepenny Opera

by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann
in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens

Now playing
Running Time: 2 hours 40 mins inc 20 min interval

The Threepenny Opera

A landmark of twentieth-century musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera comes to the National Theatre in a bold new production.

In this vivid and darkly comic new adaptation by award-winning playwright Simon Stephens’ (Port, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBrecht’s book and lyrics meets Kurt Weill’s extraordinary score.

Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, James Bond) plays Macheath.

London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight.

Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night.

Mack the Knife is back in town.

Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour.

National Theatre Live
The Threepenny Opera will be broadcast live to cinemas on Thu 22 September, 2016. Find out more

Get the playtext from the National Theatre bookshop. (opens in a new window)

Hundreds of seats at £15 for every performance
Supported by the The Threepenny Opera production syndicate

4 star rating

Enjoyably raucous. Rory Kinnear’s really on song in this enticingly sleazy revival.

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Grimy, filthy, and tremendously good fun.

Time Out
4 star rating

A snarling, sexy beast of a show

Independent
4 star rating

Rory Kinnear is a fine Macheath. Haydn Gwynne is terrific

Daily Express

The Threepenny Opera trailer

Mack the Knife is back in town.

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National Theatre Live

The Threepenny Opera will be broadcast live to over 650 cinemas nationwide on Thursday 22 September.

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Rory Kinnear on The Threepenny Opera

The actor reflects on the challenges and rewards of playing Macheath in this new production of The Threepenny Opera.

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Rehearsal images

Cast

Jimmy 'Retail'
Hammed Animashaun
Mathias, AKA The Shadow
Jamie Beddard
Walter, AKA The Scholar
Andrew Buckley
Ruby
Ricky Butt
Ensemble
Mark Carroll
Polly Peachum
Rosalie Craig
Officer Smith
Matt Cross
Chied Inspector 'Tiger' Brown
Peter De Jersey
Celia Peachum
Haydn Gwynne
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
Nick Holder
The Balladeer
George Ikediashi
Captain Macheath, AKA 'Mack the Knife'
Rory Kinnear
Lucy Brown
Debbie Kurup
Ensemble
Conor Neaves
Jenny Diver
Sharon Small
Ensemble
Wendy Somerville
Robert, AKA The Iceman
Dominic Tighe

Production team

Ticket prices

Mon – Thu & all matinees
£45, £40, £34, £26, £15
Fri & Sat evening
£50, £45, £36, £28, £15

Captioned performances
Wed 10 August at 7.30pm

Audio Described performances
Friday 26 August at 7.30pm
Saturday 27th August at 2pm
Saturday 1 October at 2pm

Touch Tour
Saturday 27 August at 12.30pm
Saturday 1 October at 12.30pm

Original photography (Rory Kinnear) by Jay Brooks.
Additional © Corbis, Shutterstock

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