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The Threepenny Opera

November 7, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - November 23, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein
Directed by Denny Berry | Musical Direction by Alex Marshall |Scenic & Video Design by Dan Evans

November 7 – 23, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Matinees November 15, 16, 22 & 23 | 2:00 PM
Free Student Previews November 5 & 6 | 7:30 PM
Babcock Theatre

Mack is back! In a morally corrupt society, who is the bigger criminal—the man who robs the bank, or the man who founds the bank? Enter a seamy underworld of salacious cynicism and merry anarchy filled with beggars, hoodlums and prostitutes. At the center of it all perches antihero Macheath—lover, arsonist, rapist, murderer, and criminal mastermind. “Mack” seems to have everything under his control until he marries Polly Peachum, daughter of the king of beggars. Things go awry when her peeved patriarch does everything in his power to imprison and hang his new son-in-law.

This brilliant musical is a political and social satire about the corruption of humanity and a sharp critique of Capitalism. Brutal, scandalous, yet humorous and with a happy ending, The Threepenny Opera is a landmark of modern drama that inspired such subsequent hits as Cabaret and Chicago, and includes one of the most popular songs of the century, “The Ballad of Mack the Knife.”


Mature audiences only. This production explores adult themes and contains adult content. Children ages 12 and under will not be admitted without an accompanying parent or adult guardian. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.Post Production Talkback

Post Production Talkback

Please join us for  talkbacks with members of the cast, creative team, and U of U professors  immediately following the performances on the following dates: 

Friday, November 14

Saturday, November 15

Friday, November 21

and Saturday, November 22.

Parking Notice

Due to construction on the new College of Law building located on the corner of 400 South and 1400 East, parking in the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre parking lot is very limited. Handicapped parking is available in this lot. However, all other patrons are encouraged to park in the Rice Eccles Stadium parking lot located directly across the street to the south of the theatre. It is only a one block 5-minute walk to the theatre. Patrons can also ride TRAX straight to the Stadium TRAX station on the University TRAX Line.

For directions to the theatre and more information on parking including printable maps, click here.

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