Produced and presented by OVO in collaboration with The Cockpit
Mack the Knife is the lord of Londons criminal underworld, but he just wants to go mainstream he swears! When he gets together with Polly Peachum, her father isnt too happy about it. Jonathan Peachum, head of Londons beggar mafia, wants to get him out of the picture, but Macheath is too well connected to make this easy - even the Chief of the Metropolitan Police has his back. But an old flame, with revenge on her mind, might just do for him this time...
Will Macheath make it out alive? With or without his new wife Polly? Were in the theatre, luvvies, not real life, so all the usual rules are off!
Superstar team Brecht and Weill set out to tell us about the ugliest bits of humanity, but they couldnt help it if the music they set it to was super catchy. Hit songs like Mack the Knife and Pirate Jenny, tell us that lifes a bitch and then you die on the way to accidentally becoming the hit musical success of the 1930s, and later adapted by Frank Sinatra and used to sell Big Macs.
OVOs raucous, riotous, and rough new production sets out to discover how a biting critique of capitalism became a money-making smash hit.
Advisory warning " this play contains adult language and themes.Produced and presented by OVO in collaboration with The Cockpit
By Bertolt Brecht (text & lyrics) and Kurt Weill (music) in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann.English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald | English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams.Directed by Adam Nichols, with Julia Mintzer | Musically Directed and Conducted by Lada Valesova.