Friday, 9 February 2018

Theater Basel | Die Dreigroschenoper (the threepenny opera)

The threepenny opera, a play by Bertolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weil plays at the Theater Basel now. The threepenny opera contrasts two prototypes of capitalist order. Macheath, known as Mac the knife, womanizer and boss of a London gangster organization and Jonathan Peachum, the proprietor of the company The Beggar's Friend. As Mac the Knife marries Polly, Peachum's daughter, the scandal is complete and Peachum is doing all he can to get him arrested and possibly even hanged.
The threepenny opera criticizes capitalism and corruption and makes visible how love and economic relationships relate sometimes.
In the production from Dani Levy, the threepenny opera is played in a futurist clinic in space, Mammon 1, where rich people get cured from their mental diseases. Playing the threepenny opera is a part of their treatment.
The threepenny opera is very entertaining and thought provoking at the same time and we like the production with the mental hospital a lot, as all the actors play a role within their role, first the role they have as the patients and then also the role they play in the threepenny opera.

musical director: Johannes Kalitzke
direction: Dani Levy
stage and video: Jo Schramm
costume: Jana Findeklee, Joki Tewes
light: Roland Edrich
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl, Juliane Luster

Thomas Reisinger as JONATHAN JEREMIAH PEACHUM
Cathrin Störmer as MRS PEACHUM
Paula Hans as POLLY PEACHUM, PEACHUM'S DAUGHTER
Thiemo Strutzenberger as MACHEATH aka MAC THE KNIFE
Ingo Tomi as BROWN, POLICE CHIEF
Pia Händler as LUCY, BROWN'S DAUGHTER
Jonas Anders, Elias Eilinghoff, Vincent Glander as MACHEATH'S COMPANIONS
Florian Jahr as FILCH, ONE OF PEACHUM'S BEGGARS
Myriam Schröder as JENNY, WHORE
Jonas Anders, Vincent Glander, Thomas Reisinger, Ingo Tomi as WHORES
Nahoko Fort-Nishigami as PROF. WANSUI / HOSPITAL DIRECTOR
Gen Seto as PROF. PINGAN / GAME MASTER

© picture: Sandra Then

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