Cinema Nouveau to screen ‘The Threepenny Opera’ as part of NT Live



Cinema Nouveau will be screening the landmark of 20th century musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera, by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann, as part of the National Theatre Live series.

This new production was directed by Rufus Norris for the National Theatre on London’s South Bank and filmed live at the Olivier Theatre.

London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off… Mack the Knife is back in town.


A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical, The Threepenny Opera stars Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, Spectre) as Macheath, alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.

It’s brought to you by a creative powerhouse – adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre.

The Threepenny Opera opens with arguably its most famous song: The Ballad of Mack the Knife. In it Kurt Weill fuses jazz and operetta to create the distinctive style that gave rise to the musical theatre genre. Over the years, the song has been covered (and parodied) by everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Psychedelic Furs, Robbie Williams and Kevin Spacey.

In this new production, cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat (George Ikediashi) welcomes the audience to ‘our dirty ditch of a theatre’, before launching into his rendition of the song.

The Threepenny Opera will have four screenings at Cinema Nouveau Theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 29, 2.30pm on Sunday, October 30, 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 2 and 7.30pm on Thursday, November 3. Please note this bold new production, containing ‘filthy language and immoral behaviour’.

Watch the trailer of The Threepenny Opera here:

Watch a video interview with Simon Stephens, who wrote this new English-language version for the National, here: 


The running time of this production is three hours, including a 20-minute interval.

For booking information visit or or phone Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).


Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live (NT Live) enables audiences to experience the best of British theatre throughout the year, as the National brings cameras into the auditorium to record and broadcast performances from stage to screen.

The next productions from NT Live, to be screened at Cinema Nouveau, are:

  • No Man’s Land (from 20 January 2017) – Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s comic classic play, broadcast to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men (Owen Teale and Damien Molony). Running time:  approximately 150 mins, including post-performance Q&A.
  • Amadeus (from 03 March 2017) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy, he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. Lucian Msamati (Game of Thrones, NT Live’s The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast from the National Theatre and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Running time: approximately 210 mins.
  • Hedda Gabler (from 31 March 2017) – Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) returns to NT Live cinema screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s  masterpiece, with Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) in the title role of a new version by Patrick Marber. Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Running time: approximately 210 mins.

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