Lenny Henry is joined in the cast of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Michael Pennington, who recently played King Lear at the Royal & Derngate Northampton, as Dogsborough.
Billie Piper’s reprises her award-winning performance in Yerma at the Young Vic, where other new shows in 2017 include Juliet Stevenson in Arthur Kopit’s Wings and Life of Galileo directed by Joe Wright.
Lazarus Theatre, the award-winning theatre company known for re-imagining and revitalising classic text for a contemporary audience, will open its tenth year in 2017 with the return of this year’s hit production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
There’s something in the water with The Beggar’s Opera at the moment. Lazarus Theatre’s new, modern-dress, 80-minute version at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre is the third major London presentation of the story of womanising highwayman Macheath this year.
Rufus Norris’ production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world as part of the NT Live season. The National Theatre’s new adaptation by Simon Stephens will screened live from the National’s Olivier Theatre on the 22 September 2016 at 7pm.
Rufus Norris may have commissioned a new adaptation of the Brecht by Simon Stephens to tick myriad boxes of contention from the politics of gender, sexuality, disability, and (naturally) the Middle East to the ever looming shadow of radical nationalism but no amount of theatrical panache and comic posturing can ever really disguise the fact that between the songs Threepenny Opera is a bore.
What’s the difference between political theatre and theatre about politics? Can theatre be a catalyst for real change? Do right-wing political perspectives get a fair hearing onstage or is theatre the preserve of the left-wing? And how much does modern political theatre owe to Bertolt Brecht?
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