• The Threepenny Opera
    The Threepenny Opera
    The Threepenny Opera

    Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill

    The Threepenny Opera

    Тривалість: 2 hours 30 minutes with intermission
    Автор: Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill
    Кiлькiсть дiй: Two acts
    Жанр: Ballad opera
    Дата прем'єри : 30-09-2023
    Місце проведення: Big stage
    Stage-director, choreographer Honored Artist of Ukraine
    Bertolt Brecht
    Kurt Weill
    Mykola Lipisivitskyi
    Conductor Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine
    Production designer
    Yurii Larionov
    Costume designer
    Hrystyna Korabelnykova
    Main concertmaster
    Choirmaster Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine
    Assistant of the stage-director
    Assistant of the choreographer
    Lighting artists
    Ivan Bobok, Tetiana Fomina
    Dmytro Dokukin
    Helper of the stage-director

    When the war starts
    Your brothers may change so much,
    That it will not be possible to recognize their faces.
    But you must remain yourself. They will go to war, no
    Like a slaughterhouse, but
    Like serious work. All
    They will be forgotten.
    But you must not forget anything. Alcohol will pour down your throat,
    Like everyone else.
    But you must remain sober.
    Bertolt Brecht. Translated by Serhiy Zhadan.


    “The Threepenny Opera” is a famous work by the German playwright Bertolt Brecht, written by him in 1928, which has not lost its relevance to this day.
    The music for the play was written by composer Kurt Weill.

    According to the plot of the play, the main character is Mekkis, the unofficial owner of London’s Soho district, a thug who marries the young beauty Polly. With this, he makes an enemy – Jonathan – Polly’s father, who heads the local beggar community. Jonathan even bribes Officer Brown to put his new son-in-law behind bars. His wife Polly takes over the leadership of the gang.

    The play “Three-gross Opera” of the Sumy National Theater of M. Shchepkin – the second official production in Ukraine during the years of independence.
    Created by stage-director Maxim Bulgakov, the ballad opera, like B. Brecht’s work itself, is a socio-political satire.
    Behind a certain gaiety of the plot, confusion and commotion, such vices of society and government, such as corruption, prostitution, venality of the police, etc., are hidden in the most disgusting manifestations. At the same time, using the example of Victorian England, the stage-director models a situation where post-war society, having recovered from the years of war, continues to live a normal life (which for some did not change during the war period). Society is not ready to accept yesterday’s defenders who went through the war and returned traumatized in body and soul. Society’s effort to distance itself from yesterday’s warriors, instead of helping, leads to the formation of a parallel world in which life is not the most important value, and death is more a gift of fate than a punishment.
    The situation in the cautionary tale is quite likely for Ukrainian society, in the event that each of us does not realize that this is our war, this is our defenders, this is our future… this is something that does not lie on the surface, but should concern everyone. The project is financed by the Projektfonds Ukraine 2023 fund, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and the Goethe-Institut.
    Production rights Suhrkamp Verlag.

    Дійові особи та виконавці:

    Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum Honored Artist of Ukraine
    Celia Peachum
    Polly Peachum
    Macheath ("Mackie Messer"/"Mack the Knife")
    Jackie "Tiger" Brown
    Lucy Brown Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine
    Jenny ("Spelunken-Jenny"/"Low-Dive Jenny"/"Ginny Jenny")
    Walter the "Cryer", Smith the Constable
    Matthias The "Penny"
    Jakob the "Hook"
    Robert the "Saw"
    Old prostitute
    Street Singer
    Harpsichord (pianist on stage)
    Beggars, gangsters, whores, constables
    the actors of the theater orchestra