‘Threepenny Opera’ in Istanbul

‘Threepenny Opera’ in Istanbul

‘Threepenny Opera’ in Istanbul One of Bertolt Brecht’s most famous plays, “The Threepenny Opera,” will be in Istanbul this week courtesy of the world-renowned theater collective Berliner Ensemble and legendary director Robert Wilson.

Hosted by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the play will be at the Zorlu Performing Arts Center on May 13 and 14. 

A musical show that brings together theater and design, “The Threepenny Opera” depicts the world of antiheros full of adventures, not only shedding light on the past, but also interpreting the present from a different viewpoint by addressing the concrete facts of today. 

Created by Brecht, one of Germany’s leading 20th-century poets, playwrights and theater directors – as well as the founder of the Berliner Ensemble and the Epic Theater – “The Threepenny Opera” is regarded as one of the milestones in theatrical history. 

Boasting a lyrical text that is serious yet boisterous, sarcastic and yet emotional, the play contains ample parody and irony, which amuses its audience while making them think. The play keeps the audience on the edge of their seats and with the contribution of the music, it turns into a true musical feast. 

Now an indispensable part of popular culture, Kurt Weil’s original music for the play will be performed live by an orchestra.