The Threepenny Opera At Wits Theatre


This isn’t your typical stuffy European opera – it’s a vibrant, city-slicking musical set in Joburg at the turn of the century. Catch it at the WITS Theatre in Braamfontein until Sunday, 12 May 2019. 

What Is It?

The Wits Theatre and the Wits School of the Arts present an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera. 

The Threepenny Opera is set in Johannesburg at the turn of the century. It examines familiar themes of colonialism and resistance, political thuggery and expediency, survival and betrayal. This biting satire explores the rise of capitalism, neatly wrapped up in Weill’s jazzy score. Macheath (Mack the Knife), is a debonair crime lord on the verge of turning his illegal empire into a legitimate business. He is adored by many women, including Jenny Diver and Lucy Brown. However, Macheath marries young Polly Peachum, much to her father Jonathan Peachum’s enragement. Peachum controls the beggar’s syndicate in the city and thus strives to bring about Macheath’s ruin. But, there is a glimmer of hope – the Chief of Police is an old friend of Macheath’s. And after Macheath is wrongly arrested and imprisoned, a messenger from one of the Commisioner’s cronies – the soon to be inaugurated President – arrives to grant him a pardon.

This beggars opera is directed by Fiona Ramsay, with musical direction by Clint Lesch. Their adaptation of The Threepenny Opera is bound to resonate strongly with past and current political landscapes and figures in South Africa. Be sure not to miss it!

When Is It?

Monday, 6 May 2019 – Sunday, 12 May 2019. 

Show times:

Monday, 6 May – Friday, 10 May at 19:30.

Saturday, 11 May at 14:00 and 19:30.

Sunday, 12 May at 14:30.

Where Is It?

WITS Theatre, Main Theatre, 24 Station Street (Cnr Jorissen Street), Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R60 – R85 per person. Book yours online via Webtickets.

For More Information

For more information, visit the Wits Theatre’s website or their Facebook page.

2019-05-06 00:00:00 2019-05-13 18:00:00 Africa/Johannesburg The Threepenny Opera At Wits Theatre https://joburg.co.za/threepenny-opera-wits-theatre/ 24 Station Street, (CNR JORRISON STR), Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Joburg.co.za bridget.vanoerle@wits.ac.za

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