Threepenny Opera plays at the STC


Macheath – or Mack The Knife as he’s known on the streets – is the most notorious anti-hero to storm a stage, and he is heading for Sydney next month.

Eddie Perfect and Paul Capsis The Threepenny Opera

Macheath – or Mack The Knife as he’s known on the streets – is the most notorious anti-hero to storm a stage, and he is heading for Sydney next month.

Offpring‘s Eddie Perfect (pictured with Paul Capsis) will star as the original city criminal who’s never met a law, a woman or a cop he couldn’t break at the STC.

This September, Mack The Knife will be joined on stage by Jenny, Filch, Tiger Brown, Polly and the Peachums at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay in a new adaptation of The Threepenny Opera.

The Threepenny Opera is Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s musical masterpiece which critiques the greed, evil, corruption and lust considered to be at the heart of bourgeois society.

This 20th century milestone of musical theatre incorporates the danger and hedonism of 1920s Berlin cabaret to create a raw, jazzy and intensely beautiful score. 

STC presents this Malthouse Melbourne and Victorian Opera co-production, directed by Michael Kantor and conducted by Richard Gill from 1 – 24 September (opening 3 September) as part of Berlin Sydney: A program of theatre, music, cabaret and exhibition inspired by 20s and 30s Berlin. The program is being held at leading arts venues across Sydney. 

In her review of the Melbourne season,’s Anne-Marie Peard said:

“…Brecht would have had a proud giggle at the bawdy Aussie interpretation of the text and lyrics by Raymond Cortese and Jeremy Sands. Once you discover Brecht and Weill, there’s no going back to a theatre world without them and great professional productions of The Threepenny Opera should not be missed.”

Don’t miss your chance to see this fantastic show – it sold out in Melbourne, so get in fast! A stellar cast, an Australian adaptation and a story which has stood the test of time. 

Photo by: Jeff Busby 2010
Eddie Perfect (Macheath) and Paul Capsis (Jenny)

Box Office: 02 9250 1777  

1 to 24 September 2011
Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Creative Team:
Director: Michael Kantor
Conductor: Richard Gill
Set Designer: Peter Corrigan
Costume Designer: Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer: Paul Jackson
Choreographer: Kate Denborough

Johanna Allen, Paul Capsis, Jolyon James, Luke Joslin, Lucy Maunder, Amanda Muggleton, Eddie Perfect, Angela Scundi, Dimity Shepherd, Grant Smith, John Xintavelonis, Michael Whalley.  

Music performed live by Ensemble Weill



Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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