The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

by Bertolt Brecht
     
 

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The Threepenny Opera was Brecht's first and greatest commercial success, and it remains one of his best-loved and most-performed plays. Based on John Gay's eighteenth-century Beggar's Opera, the play is set in Victorian England's Soho but satirizes the bourgeois society of the Weimar Republic through its wry love story of Polly Peachum and "Mack theSee more details below

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The Threepenny Opera was Brecht's first and greatest commercial success, and it remains one of his best-loved and most-performed plays. Based on John Gay's eighteenth-century Beggar's Opera, the play is set in Victorian England's Soho but satirizes the bourgeois society of the Weimar Republic through its wry love story of Polly Peachum and "Mack the Knife" Macheath. With Kurt Weill's music, which was one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz into the theater, it became a popular hit throughout the Western world.

Commissioned and authorized by the Brecht estate, Arcade's definitive edition contains the acclaimed translation by Ralph Manheim and John Willett that was first staged at the York Theatre Royal and subsequently at Lincoln Center in New York. Willett and Manheim, the joint editors of Brecht's complete dramatic work in English, also provide Brecht's own notes and discarded songs, as well as extensive editorial commentary on the genesis of the play.

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"The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage are the great plays of our time."
-Lillian Hellman
Lillian Hellman
The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage are the great plays of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143105169
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/18/2007
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
882,499
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage are the great plays of our time."
-Lillian Hellman

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