West End

The Threepenny Opera

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The Olivier, National Theatre, Southbank


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The Threepenny Opera

A landmark of modern musical theatre hits the National

"Kinnear’s really on song in this enticingly sleazy revival."

- Evening
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. A modern landmark in musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera comes to the national Theatre in a bold new production. Simon Stephens’ vivid and darkly comic new translation of Brecht’s book and lyrics meets Kurt Weill’s extraordinary score, with Rory Kinnear taking the lead role of Macheath. With filthy language and immoral behaviour, this is a bawdy and brilliant new show. Audio-described performances: Friday 26 August 7:30pm, Saturday 27 August 2:00pm. The Olivier − named after Laurence Olivier, the first director of the National Theatre (during its years at the Old Vic) and the outstanding British actor of the 20th Century − is the largest of the three theatres at the National. In spite of its size, the Olivier has a concentrated intimacy. No seat is far from an actor's point of command, and the span of the seats matches their effective span of vision. Runtime: 3 hours including an interval. All ticket prices for The Threepenny Opera are inclusive of booking fees: YPlan will not charge you any additional amounts for your tickets. When booking tickets, you can pick your seat from the seatmap once you've selected a date. For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Your patience and understanding is appreciated while these take place. Valid ID required for ticket collection. West End theatre ticket sales are final and bookings cannot be amended, exchanged or refunded (unless of course the performance is cancelled). All listed offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time.

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