The Threepenny Opera: Methuen Student Edition

Author(s): Bertolt Brecht

General Books

This Student Edition of Brecht's satire on the capitalist society of the Weimar Republic features an extensive introduction and commentary that includes a plot summary, discussion of the context, themes, characters, style and language as well as questions for further study and notes on words and phrases in the text. It is the perfect edition for students of theatre and literature.Based on John Gay's eighteenth century Beggar's Opera, The Threepenny Opera, first staged in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin, is a vicious satire on the bourgeois capitalist society of the Weimar Republic, but set in a mock-Victorian Soho. It focuses on the feud between Macheaf - an amoral criminal - and his father in law, a racketeer who controls and exploits London's beggars and is intent on having Macheaf hanged. Despite the resistance by Macheaf's friend the Chief of Police, Macheaf is eventually condemned to hang, until in a comic reversal the queen pardons him and grants him a title and land. With Kurt Weill's unforgettable music - one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz to the theatre - it became a popular hit throughout the western world. The text is presented in the trusted translation by Ralph Manheim and John Willett.


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Brecht is one of the most important dramatists of the twentieth century whose work is studied on every Theatre Studies course. The play frequently appears on Theatre Studies and English Literature courses. A trusted translation of one of Brecht's most popular plays complete with full introduction,commentary and study aids makes this the most authoritative and comprehensive edition available.

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and, while exiled from Germany and living in the USA, such masterpieces as The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

General Fields

  • : 9780413774521
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Methuen Drama
  • : 0.187
  • : December 2004
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 14mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bertolt Brecht
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 782.1
  • : 224
  • : Drama texts, plays; Plays & playwrights