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Academy Drama: The Threepenny Opera

Academy Drama: The Threepenny Opera


15 - 18 November 201719:30

18 November 201714:30

Venue : Academy Drama Theatre

Price Info : $50-$105

School / Department : School of Drama

Category : Academy Events Language : Musical in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles

Written by German playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, The Threepenny Opera is adapted from the 18th century English opera The Beggar’s Opera. The pair worked together constantly and their jazz-influenced singspiel took the German theatre - dominated by traditional classical opera - by storm. A portrayal of class struggle and disillusionment of capitalism after the First World War, the work became a big hit after its opening in Berlin in 1928 and has influenced countless Broadway musicals thereafter.


The Threepenny Opera tells the story of the notorious thief Macheath, who marries Polly, daughter of a leader of a ring of London beggars. Furious with the marriage and eyeing on the bounty, Mr Peachum plots to report Macheath to Brown, Chief of Police. Though Brown and Macheath are old army comrades, Macheath is still captured twice due to the betrayal of a prostitute and the threat from Mr Peachum. He is sent to the guillotine, but what happens before the execution?


A trio of renowned alumni Andrew Chan (director), Frankie Ho (music director) and Kenneth Cheung (lyricist) is set to lead audience into the dialectical world of Brecht through their interpretation of The Threepenny Opera.


Playwright: Bertolt Brecht

Music: Kurt Weill

Director: Andrew Chan*

Music Director: Frankie Ho

Assistant Director: Law Chung-kin

Script Translator: Andrew Chan, Law Chung-kin

Cantonese Lyrics: Kenneth Cheung

Choreographer: Tony Wong

Set Designer: Ricky Chan

Costume Designer: Bacchus Lee

Lighting Designer: Kinphen Leung

Sound Designer: Hector Hui Shing

Associate Set Designer: Green Chan Wa-chun

Associate Costume Designer: Isabella Hui

Cast: Chan Lam-yan, Chan Xiyong, Cheung Yim-ying, Chu Yung, Lau Chung-hin, Liu Yuning, Lo Siu-lam, Mok Chui-shing, Pang Sze-yin, Wong Hing-yiu, Zhang Yan, Cheng Ho-lun, Cheng Kam-fung, Cheung Hoi-ki, Lee Yiu-ki, So Cho-yan, Yuen Hon-cheung, Yuen Wang-chun

* With kind permission of Alice Theatre Laboratory