The Threepenny Opera: Musical Info & Synopsis


The Threepenny Opera offers a portrayal of London’s criminal underworld, centering around the antihero Macheath, known as Mack the Knife. As the plot unfolds, Macheath faces challenges, including relationships with various women and his constant threat of arrest. The Threepenny Opera explores themes of capitalism, morality, crime, and the subversion of social norms.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Opera (1928)

Cast Size: 15+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1800s / England (London)

Creative Team

Music: Kurt Weill

Lyrics/Book: Bertolt Brecht

Cast Albums

Original Off-Broadway Cast (1954)➝

Broadway Revival Cast (1976)➝

Donmar Warehouse Cast (1997)➝


Licensing: Kurt Weill Foundation➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1920s, Dramatic, OperaticPirates

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