Drama
Berliner Ensemble | DE

Die Dreigroschenoper

The Threepenny Opera
By Bertolt Brecht (Book) and Kurt Weill (Music), based on John Gay's "Beggar's Opera", in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann
Performed in German


Trailer: Die Dreigroschenoper
Die Dreigroschenoper
Photo: JR Berliner Ensemble
Die Dreigroschenoper
Photo: Jörg Brüggemann
Die Dreigroschenoper
Photo: JR Berliner Ensemble
Die Dreigroschenoper
Photo: JR Berliner Ensemble
Die Dreigroschenoper
Photo: JR Berliner Ensemble
Die Dreigroschenoper
Photo: JR Berliner Ensemble
Die Dreigroschenoper
Photo: JR Berliner Ensemble
Die Dreigroschenoper
Photo: Jörg Brüggemann
Die Dreigroschenoper
Photo: Jörg Brüggemann
Die Dreigroschenoper
Photo: Jörg Brüggemann

Whenever the Berliner Ensemble brings out a new production of its famous "Dreigroschenoper", German theatre audiences go into a state of perpetual excitement. After all, Bertolt Brecht himself founded the Berliner Ensemble in 1928 and the great Brecht / Weill masterpiece has since become an indispensable part of the theatre's standard repertoire, with people from all over the world travelling to Berlin to see it. The pressing question on everyone's lips before each new premiere is: can the new production meet the high standards set by the previous ones?

For Barrie Kosky's long-awaited and repeatedly postponed new production, the answer is quite clear: Yes, it can! With an incredible ensemble of actors at his disposal, he is able to steer the songs and dialogue clear from all clichés, and the small band consisting of only seven musicians surrounding Levi Hammer injects a delightful energy into the evening. With this new production, the Berliner Ensemble has a "new fast-paced blockbuster" on its playbill (Frankfurter Allgemeine, 16.8.2021) – and so does the 2022 International May Festival!

Cast

Musical Director Adam Benzwi
Conductor Levi Hammer
Director Barrie Kosky
Stage Design Rebecca Ringst
Costume Design Dinah Ehm
Lighting Design Ulrich Eh
Dramaturgy Sibylle Baschung
Featuring Tilo Nest, Constanze Becker, Cynthia Micas, Nico Holonics, Kathrin Wehlisch, Laura Balzer, Bettina Hoppe, Julia Berger, Julie Wolff, Nicky Wuchinger, Denis Riffel, Josefin Platt
Band Levi Hammer, James Scannell, Doris Decker, Stephan Genze, Otwin Zipp, Ralf Templin, Vít Polák