Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Three Penny Opera - National Theatre Live

Rosalie Craig and Rory Kinnear as
Polly Peachum and Macheath in
‘The Threepenny Opera’ 
Richard H Smith
Last year Duncan, Alex, Rebecca and I saw The Three Penny Opera at U.Vic, done as part of their music and drama department.  There is nothing like live theatre.

But second to that will be the HD National Theatre production that many of us will get to see Thursday night.

Matt Trueman reviews for Variety with the words, "Somebody’s turning in his grave tonight", and I think that somebody is Brecht.

On the National Theatre site there is a half hour interview with Rory Kinnear who plays Macheath. Well worth watching.  Go down, down, down, almost to the bottom of the page to find it.  As well, enjoy a few minutes of the opening scene nearer the top of the page.  If you don't like it, don't go to the "cheap" opera for it will be more of the same.

Claire Allfree, in The Telegraph, says "It chills more than it thrills."  I guess it will be the audience who decides.

Lastly the Independent reviews the show, calling it a snarling, sexy beast of a show.

I have had a grand time tonight, collecting the reviews and watching the interview.

And of course, I will be off to see the show ... again.  Once is not enough.  And neither is twice.


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