About The Threepenny Opera

National Theatre, London
Booking to 1 October 2016
No longer booking

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

Simon Stephens’ vivid and darkly comic new translation of Brecht’s book and lyrics meets Kurt Weill’s extraordinary score.

Rory Kinnear plays Macheath alongside Roaslie Craig, Haydn Gwynne and Sharon Small.

Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour.

The original German text is based on Elisabeth Hauptmann’s German translation of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera

The Threepenny Opera will run from 18 May until 1 October 2016 at the National Theatre.


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.


The cast features Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Toyin Ayedun-Alase, Jamie Beddard, Rebecca Brewer, Andrew Buckley, Ricky Butt, Mark Carroll, Rosalie Craig, Matt Cross, Peter De Jersey, Haydn Gwynne, Nick Holder, George Ikediashi, Rory Kinnear, Debbie Kurup, Conor Neaves, Sharon Small, Wendy Somerville and Dominic Tighe.


Rufus Norris directs with design by Vicki Mortimer, music direction by David Shrubsole, choreography by Imogen Knight, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Paul Arditti and fight direction by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd.


★★★★ “Enjoyably raucous. Rory Kinnear’s really on song in this enticingly sleazy revival.” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Grimy, filthy, and tremendously good fun.“ Time Out
★★★★ “A snarling, sexy beast of a show” Independent

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 1 October 2016

Important Notes

Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour

Venue Information

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1

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