"The Threepenny Opera" by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill - Belmont Dramatic Club (Belmont, MA.)

Belmont Dramatic Club 



Written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill

Translation by Marc Blitzstein


November 16, 2024 through November 24, 2024 

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Belmont Town Hall, 455 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478 


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"THE THREEPENNY OPERA" is a biting satire of the post-war rise of capitalism, wrapped up in Weill's jazzy score, and the tale of Macheath (Mack the Knife), a debonair crime lord on the verge of turning his illegal empire into a legitimate business.

When Macheath marries young Polly Peachum, her father is enraged. 

Jonathan Peachum controls the beggars of London, and he strives to get Macheath hanged. 

Unfortunately for him, the chief of police is an old friend of Macheath’s.

Nevertheless, Peachum exerts considerable political influence, and eventually Macheath is arrested and imprisoned. He escapes, only to become imprisoned once more. 

Luckily, a hard-riding messenger from the Queen arrives at the last minute to pardon Macheath and to issue him a baronetcy.

Although Elisabeth Hauptmann (Brecht’s lover at the time) provided most of the book and in fact conceived the project, Bertolt Brecht did his best to conceal this and is usually given full credit for the script and lyrics of "THE THREEPENNY OPERA." 

Songs from "THE THREEPENNY OPERA" have become classic standards, including “Pirate Jenny” and, most notably, “Mack the Knife,” which has been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble. (STAGEAGENT) 


Founded in 1903, BELMONT DRAMATIC CLUB is the second oldest continuously operating and performing community theatre group in the United States. A volunteer-run community theatre based in Belmont, Massachusetts, celebrating its 120th anniversary during the 2023-2024 Season! BELMONT DRAMATIC CLUB productions provide unique acting opportunities for talented and motivated performers. BELMONT DRAMATIC CLUB is a non-profit organization, and strives to expand its commitment to serving the community at large and enriching lives through the enjoyment of contemporary and historical live theatre production. BELMONT DRAMATIC CLUB normally performs one show in the fall (auditions in the Summer) and another show in the spring (auditions in November or December). Over the years, BELMONT DRAMATIC CLUB has produced a variety of shows, including musicals, dramas, comedies, and mysteries.


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