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Gate Theatre: The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill

Sept 26 - Oct 12: Gate Theatre

"The granddaddy of all the singing, stinging portraits of fat societies on their eves of destruction" The New York Times

Sept 26 - Oct 12: Gate Theatre

Brutal, scandalous and raunchy, the Gate Theatre presents the The Threepenny Opera, the epic masterpiece of 20th Century musical theatre. This savage satire on bourgeois society tells the tale of the villainous but irresistible Macheath (‘Mack the Knife’) – a notorious thief, pimp and murderer – and his entourage of criminals.

The Threepenny Opera caused an immediate sensation when it opened in Berlin in 1928, changing the shape of musical theatre forever. It is now one of the best-loved musicals of all time.

Brecht’s sardonic tale of beggars, thieves and prostitutes is a fierce social and political critique, vividly complemented by Weill’s amazing score which is an exhilarating fusion of American jazz and German cabaret. With an instantly recognisable catalogue of musical numbers, featuring a live orchestra alongside some of Ireland’s most exciting singers and actors, The Threepenny Opera promises to be an intoxicating and unforgettable theatrical event.

Presented in association with Dublin Theatre Festival.

Strong Language. Suggested for ages 15+

Talking Theatre: Oct 2, post-show. With members of the company.

Duration: Approx. 2 hrs 45 mins including an interval.

Directed by:

  • Wayne Jordan

Music Director:

  • Cathal Synnott

Assistant to the Director:

  • Sarah Baxter

Set Design:

  • Ciarán O'Melia

Lighting Designer:

  • Simon Mills

Costume Designer:

  • Catherine Fay


  • Philip Connaughton


  • Karen Ardiff
  • Stephen Brennan
  • Philip Connaughton
  • Muiris Crowley
  • David Ganly
  • Rachel Gleeson
  • Aaron Heffernan
  • Bosco Hogan
  • Laurence Kinlan
  • Emmet Kirwan
  • Jackie Marks
  • Charlotte McCurry
  • Ruth McGill
  • Aoibhinn McGinnity
  • Bill Murphy
  • Valerie O'Connor
  • Mark O'Regan
  • David Shannon

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