The Threepenny Opera
From 22 September, 2016
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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.

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Rory Kinnear is Mack the Knife in a new version of this landmark twentieth-century musical, broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic musical theatre piece is adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Rufus Norris (Everyman, London Road).

As London's East End scrubs up for the coronation, Mr and Mrs Peachum gear up for a bumper day in the beggary business. Keeping tight control of the city's underground – and their daughter’s whereabouts. 

With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond) as Macheath, alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum. 

Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour.


A snarling, sexy beast of a show.


Canny, foul-mouthed and deeply modern. It soars.

International New York Times

Rory Kinnear is a fine Macheath

Daily Express

Rory Kinnear is really on song.

Evening Standard

Cast (in order of appearance): George Ikediashi, Rory Kinnear, Nick Holder, Sarah Amankwah, Haydn Gwynne, Rosalie Craig, Dominic Tighe, Jamie Beddard, Andrew Buckley, Hammed Animashaun, Peter de Jersey, Sharon Small, Toyin Ayedun-Alase, Rebecca Brewer, Ricky Butt, Matt Cross, Debbie Kurup, Mark Carroll, Conor Neaves, Wendy Somerville

Musicians: David Shrubsole, Andy Findon, Christian Forshaw, Sarah Campbell, Richard Hart, Sarah Freestone, Martin Briggs, Ian Watson

Director: Rufus Norris; Designer: Vicki Mortimer; Music Director: David Shrubsole; Choreographer: Imogen Knight; Lighting Designer: Paule Constable; Sound Designer: Paul Arditti; Fight Directors: Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd; Company Voice Work: Jeannette Nelson & Cathleen McCarron; Staff Director: Tom Hughes; Original orchestrations: Kurt Weill; Executive Music Consultant: James Holmes; Music Supervisor (NT): Matthew Scott

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