19:30, Sat 6th – Tue 9th March 2004 at Homerton Auditorium
Lent Week 7 to Week 8
First staged in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbaurdamm, Berlin (now the home of the Berliner Ensemble), The Threepenny Opera was Brecht?s first and most outstanding success. Based on John Gay?s eighteenth-century Beggar?s Opera, the play is a satire on the capitalist bourgeois society of the Weimar Republic despite its setting in a mock-Victorian Soho. With Kurt Weill?s music, which was one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce the jazz idiom into the theatre, it became a popular hit throughout the western world. Filmed three times, it remains one of Brecht?s best loved and most performed plays.