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Barrie Kosky returns to Adelaide Festival with a masterpiece of 20th century music theatre – The Threepenny Opera. 

Written by Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann with music by Kurt Weill, The Threepenny Opera was an overnight sensation following its premiere in Berlin in 1928. Here, the Berliner Ensemble is joined by former Adelaide Festival Artistic Director Barrie Kosky in a new production that demonstrates the piece’s timeless power. 

Few directors possess Kosky’s animal instinct for making music serve drama... [It is] raw entertainment.

The Spectator

Set amongst the poverty, crime and corruption of London, The Threepenny Opera follows notorious criminal Macheath, a.k.a. Mack the Knife, his gang, enemies and lovers. It is both a biting satire of capitalism and a farcical story about love, betrayal and morality. 

Almost 100 years after it first scandalised audiences with its mix of sex, sin and anti-capitalist politics, The Threepenny Opera remains a powerful force. In the hands of Barrie Kosky and the Berliner Ensemble, its legendary songs and universal story are pulled into sharp focus with perfectly choreographed scenes, catchy hooks and a silver-spangled stage. 

Coming to Adelaide after hit seasons at the Berliner Ensemble and Edinburgh International Festival, don’t miss your only chance to see this dazzling production as it makes its Australian premiere.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Barrie Kosky’s production of The Threepenny Opera for the legendary Berliner Ensemble is quite simply astounding... I’d give it ten stars if I could.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A near flawless revival of Brecht’s searing Victorian satire.

The Telegraph

Funded by Lottostiftung Berlin.


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