'The best theatre in Europe in 2021' - The New York Times
Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) was the first great success of the collaboration between Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. It premiered in 1928 in the theatre of the Berliner Ensemble and is now being staged by the company for the fifth time. This time, it will be staged by none other than the Australian theatre and opera director Barrie Kosky. The performance will be accompanied live by a musical ensemble conducted by Adam Benzwi.
Starting time 8 p.m.
Duration 3 hours, including one interval
Language German with Dutch and English surtitles
The Dreigroschenoper (Threepenny Opera) premiered in 1928 by the Berliner Ensemble and was an unexpected, worldwide overnight success. The songs are legendary, and the essentially trivial tale of love, betrayal, business and morality underwent an equally brutal and intelligent revision when it came to social criticism: "First food, then morality", as the famous quote goes - a life of prosperity may be comfortable, but it is by no means a guarantee of a good life. Mackie Messer, Peachum and the others are more or less forced to keep their eyes on their own material advantage and make considerable theatrical efforts to take care of themselves while concealing this. For who would not rather have it good?
-|-Barrie Kosky, known as the chief director and artistic director of the Komische Oper, was responsible for the fifth production of the "Dreigroschenoper" with the Berliner Ensemble. Among other things, he has made a name for himself with his enjoyment of contemporary and cheeky entertainment. Kosky is one of the most in-demand opera directors of the moment. Commissions have taken him all over the world. Under the direction of Oliver Reese, he has also directed productions at the Deutsches Theater and the Schauspiel Frankfurt.
"The best theatre in Europe in 2021": The New York Times proclaimed Barrie Kosky's new production of The Threepenny Opera as one of the best productions in Europe in 2021.
The New York Times
'The best theatre in Europe in 2021' (Critics pick)
The New York Times
'Working with a flawless cast from the theater’s acting ensemble, Kosky has produced something full of savage and gleeful menance = and the firecracker score has rarely sounded better.' (Critics pick)
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
'A phenomenal night of theatre.'