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The Threepenny Opera

National Theatre Olivier, South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX

Starring double Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear as London’s most infamous womaniser, Macheath, The Threepenny Opera is a new translation of the epic twentieth century musical of reckless abandon in the face of avaricious capitalism.

With the streets of London readying themselves for the onrushing coronation service, the ever-so-more modest businesses – theft, prostitution, corruption - swing into full flow.

Headed by the grasping opportunists Mr and Mrs Peachum, who look forward to a bumper pay day in the beggary trade, business is stunned by a sudden revelation: ladies’ man and London’s most wanted, Mack the Knife, is back in town.

And Mr and Mrs Peachum’s daughter didn’t come home last night…

Artistic Director Rufus Norris leads a boldly vivacious and comic production of Brecht’s landmark book and lyrics and Kurt Weill’s seminal score, adapted by Simon Stephens. 

Cast & Creatives

Rory Kinnear, Jamie Beddard, Rosalie Craig, Nick Holder
Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill
Translated by
Simon Stephens
Rufus Norris
Music by
David Shrubsole
Imogen Knight
Lighting Designer
Paule Constable
Movement Director
Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown
Paul Arditti

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National Theatre Olivier

South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX
020 7452 3000
Official site
Nearest tube
Waterloo (250m), Southwark
Nearest bus
76, 77, 211, 507, D1, D11, P11 (York Road)149, P11 (Stamford Street)1, 4, 26, 68, X68, 76, 168, 171, 171A, 176, 188, 501, 505, 521 (Waterloo Bridge)
Nearest train
Waterloo (approx. 250m)

5 spaces reserved for orange badge holders at riverside end of Cottesloe Ave. 4 extra bays opposite Cottesloe theatre for evening performances. Car Park beneath theatre. Spaces reserved for disabled customers near lifts. Free parking voucher available from box office for orange badge holders (present ticket at information desk). Automatic doors and ramps from the Car Park to the lobby and lift.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 020 7452 3000 Email: /
Discounts available for all disabled people.
Limited mobility
Please ask to be seated in an aisle seat in the centre Stalls when you book.
Access description
Main entrance reached from Upper Ground via Theatre Avenue to Theatre Square and a drop off point approx. 40m from main entrance. Lifts up to the Olivier Theatre to right of information desk (to both Stalls and Circle levels) or staircases further in on each side (49 steps to Stalls, further 44 to Circle). Olivier Box office on level 2. No steps to the back of the Stalls, 10 steps up to raised sections. Centre Stalls auditorium has gradual shallow steps with a handrail on aisles 2 and 4. Lift to row G of Circle and 18 steps down to the front. Power assisted doors and ramps to terraces from Level 2.
Hearing impaired
Infra-red system with headsets or neck loops. Collect headsets/loops from box offices. Induction loops at service counters.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are not currently allowed in the auditorium, however staff are happy to dog sit. Dogs will be looked after in the cloakroom. Groups should contact the theatre manager’s office on 020 7452 3281.
Lift to the Olivier Stalls. 3 spaces for wheelchair users in row R. A companion can sit next to the left-hand space in row R, or in the row. Transfer seating is available to aisle seats - wheelchairs stored at back of auditorium.
Women’s and men’s at Stalls and Circle levels.
Disabled toilets
Adapted WC on the left side of the Stalls corridor.
6 licensed bars. Access information: No steps to the Olivier Stalls and Circle bars (spacious, moveable seats) from the lifts. Soft drinks may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. Chair lift down a flight of steps to the Circle café from level 3 - contact a member of staff for assistance. The menu is available in large print.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Our price


Face value?
£45.00- £50.00

Age suitability
Show times
See performance calendar
Previews from
Opening night
Box office
020 7452 3000
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