The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

by Bertolt Brecht, Ralph Manheim, John Willett
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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

An excellent resource...Willett and Manheim have become the unchallenged mediators of Brecht for the English-speaking audience.
Theatre Journal

At last--the definitive translations of one of the 20th century's most influential playwrights…Far superior to the competition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559702522
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

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

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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