The Threepenny Opera

Overview


Based on John Gay's eighteenth century Beggar's Opera, The Threepenny Opera, first staged in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin, is a vicious satire on the bourgeois capitalist society of the Weimar Republic, but set in a mock-Victorian Soho. With Kurt Weill's unforgettable music - one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz to the theatre - it became a popular hit throughout the western world.
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Overview


Based on John Gay's eighteenth century Beggar's Opera, The Threepenny Opera, first staged in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin, is a vicious satire on the bourgeois capitalist society of the Weimar Republic, but set in a mock-Victorian Soho. With Kurt Weill's unforgettable music - one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz to the theatre - it became a popular hit throughout the western world.
Published in Methuen Drama's Modern Classics series, this edition features extensive notes and commentary including an introduction to the play, Brecht's own notes on the play, a full appendix of textual variants, a note by composer Kurt Weill, a transcript of a discussion about the play between Brecht and a theatre director, plus editorial notes on the genesis of the play.
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Editorial Reviews

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

"An excellent resource...Willett and Manheim have become the unchallenged mediators of Brecht for the English-speaking audience."—Marc Silberman, Editor, Brecht Yearbook “At last—the definitive translations of one of the 20th century’s most influential playwrights…Far superior to the competition.”—Theatre Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802150394
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Brecht, Bertolt
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,372,656
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Nadine Gordimer is the author of eleven previous novels, as well as collections of stories and essays. She has received many awards, including the Booker Prize (for The Conservationist in 1974) and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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