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The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht

Polly Peachum is in love. The universally feared king of crime, Macheath, known as Mack the Knife, has conquered her heart. They marry in secret – in a stable. The only trouble is that Polly’s father is none other than the businessman Jonathan Peachum, who capitalises on misery by sending healthy people onto the streets disguised as crippled beggars. He intends to bring Mack the Knife to the gallows for his deeds and thus wrest his daughter from her ill-fated relationship. However, he has not reckoned with Tiger Brown: the corrupt chief of police is Mack’s friend, and helps him to escape. But as everything can be bought with money and Mrs Peachum knows Mack’s favourite haunts, Polly has to try to turn the tables.


Brecht attained worldwide fame with his “Threepenny Opera” and Kurt Weill’s music, at the same time creating a new form of theatre for the stage. In the piece, he exposes the double standards of both bourgeois society and the criminal underworld, with its desire for respectability and prosperity. Both are based on the cold logic of money and are governed by the profits of capital.

With Jirka Zett, Elisa Plüss, Klaus Brömmelmeier, Isabelle Menke, Fritz Fenne, Julia Kreusch, Christian Baumbach, Miriam Maertens, Miguel Abrantes Ostrowski, Julian Lehr, Johannes Hegemann, Lucas Riedle, Katrija Lehmann, Svenja Koch, Polina Lapkovskaja, Sachiko Hara, Matthias Spillmann / Bernhard Schoch, Raphael Kalt / Fortunat Häfliger, Wanja Slavin / Otto Hirte / Oscar Velásquez, Florian Egli / Thierry Kuster, Lukas Reinert / Marc Roos, Matthias Lincke / Désirée Senn, Zoro Babel / Thomas Büchel
Tina Lanik
Set Designer
Bettina Meyer
Costume Designer
Heide Kastler
Musical director
Polina Lapkovskaja
Lighting Designer
Frank Bittermann
Gwendolyne Melchinger
Assistant Director
Clara Isabelle Dobbertin
Assistant Stage Designer
Simon Sramek
Assistant Costume Designer
Selina Tholl
Rita von Horváth
Stage Manager
Michael Durrer
Theatre Education
Anne Britting, Manuela Runge
Internship Direction
Lucia Gugerli
Vocal Coaching
Rea Claudia Kost, Niklaus Kost

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