The Threepenny Opera - Olivier Theatre, National

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Olivier Theatre, National

Olivier Theatre, National
South Bank

Seating Plan


(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

The Threepenny Opera

Age Restriction: Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour. 

The Olivier National Theatre brings The Threepenny Opera back to the stage for an unmissable run of performances under the direction of Rufus Norris. With Rory Kinnear in the role of Macheath and further performances from the likes of Rosalie Craig, Nick Holder and Jamie Beddard, it is the National Theatre doing what it does best.

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1920s script is adapted by Simon Stephens for this new production on South Bank as we take a look at the seedy underbelly of London, with the thieves, beggars and criminals lurking away and characters emerging like Mrs and Mrs Peachum, Mack The Knife (the mentioned Macheath) and more.

It was first staged in Germany back in 1928 and took its cues from The Beggar’s Opera, with the first West End appearance occurring at the Empire Theatre in 1933 (now the Empire Leicester Square). Over the century it has been seen decade after decade, with the Donmar Warehouse and the National staging it in 1994 and 2002 respectively.

So it has a long history and with that in mind audiences will hope that the current team does the text justice. These hopes will easily be met by the talent on display, including the renowned Rory Kinnear, who has appeared in a wealth of stand-out stages shows over the years whilst also balancing a successful film career.

Many will recognise him for his portrayal of Bill Tanner in the James Bond films Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, though he has earned great praise for appearances in Othello at the National Theatre in 2013, Measure For Measure at the Almeida Theatre in 2010 and The Man Of Mode at the National Theatre in 2007 (the latter earning him a Laurence Olivier Award).

Audiences can see Kinnear as Macheath in The Threepenny Opera at the Olivier National Theatre from Wednesday 18th May 2016.

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 21st September 2016
Booking Until: Saturday, 1st October 2016
Age Restriction: Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour. 
Show Status: production_closed
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