Cinema Nouveau is pleased to announce the next broadcast in the new season from National Theatre Live. Releasing at cinemas from 29 October is the landmark of 20th century musical theatre The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann, in a new adaptation for the National Theatre by Simon Stephens, directed by Rufus Norris and filmed live at the National’s Olivier Theatre.
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 and it’s all about to kick off… Mack the Knife is back in town.
The Threepenny Opera will have four screenings at Cinema Nouveau theatres: on 29 October, 02 and 03 November at 19:30, and on Sunday, 30 October at 14:30. Bookings are now open for this bold new production, containing ‘filthy language and immoral behaviour’.
A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical, The Threepenny Opera stars Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, Spectre) as Macheath, alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.
It’s brought to you by a creative powerhouse – adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre.
The Threepenny Opera opens with arguably its most famous song: ‘The Ballad of Mack the Knife’. In it Kurt Weill fuses jazz and operetta to create the distinctive style that gave rise to the musical theatre genre. Over the years, the song has been covered (and parodied) by everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Psychedelic Furs, Robbie Williams and Kevin Spacey.
In this new production, cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat (George Ikediashi) welcomes the audience to ‘our dirty ditch of a theatre’, before launching into his rendition of ‘Mack the Knife’.