Bold reimagining of Brecht’s The ThreePenny Opera comes to The Cockpit in London

A bold reimagining of Brecht’s The ThreePenny Opera arrives at The Cockpit this autumn.

Award-winning theatre production company presents the show at the London venue from 21 September – 8 October 2023.

This production is directed by OVO Artistic Director Adam Nichols and opera singer and co-director Julia Mintzer (Welsh National Opera, Washington National Opera), with Lada Valešová (Royal Opera House, Opera Holland Park) completing the creative team as conductor and musical director.

Jeremy Sams and Robert David MacDonald offer a sparky new translation of Brecht’s timeless political comment, with 13 actor-musicians playing a total of 21 instruments between them.

The cast includes Mark Carlisle (The Crown, Netflix), Lee Drage (Chariots of Fire, Gielgud Theatre), Keith Lynch (Blue Lights, BBC), Carys McQueen (Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club) and Annette Yeo (The Great British Bake Off Musical).

Completing the company are Tom Cagnoni, Emilia Harrild, Ben Howarth, Shona Maule, Emily Panes, Adrian Salinero, Faith Turner and Peter Watts.

Brecht’s spirit of experimentation, this ambitious modern update of theatre’s first musical defies theatrical convention, whilst aiming to shock, engage, mock and even disturb its audience.

The ThreePenny Opera explores the tension between the spectacle and shininess of musical theatre and the gritty, biting Marxist critique of social and economic injustice that Brecht intended.

Director Adam Nichols said: “While it was written in 1928, and set in Victorian London, we have imagined another world for our production: a factory for musicals, in which The Threepenny Opera is the dangerous, disruptive younger brother of more conventional, saccharine shows. This is the perfect time to go back to where musical theatre began and, with the cost-of-living crisis forcing ever more people to live on our city’s streets and celebrity culture dominating our daily discourse, we aim to show that Brecht and Weill’s biting satire and hummable tunes will never grow old.”

Director of The Cockpit Dave Wybrow added: “The shows we create and produce are sometimes risky, often controversial, frequently left-field but always a conversation starter. The ThreePenny Opera ticks all four boxes and we’re delighted to begin our partnership with OVO with a brilliantly bonkers interpretation of this incredible show, which also builds on The Cockpit’s long track record of presenting bold and imaginative opera.”

Prior to arriving at The Cockpit, The ThreePenny Opera will run at The Roman Theatre of St Albans and The Minack Theatre.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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