NT Live

NT Live: The Threepenny Opera

Mack the Knife is back in town.

October 26

2 P.M. (encore) & 7 P.M. (encore)

Reserved Seating.
Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $10 children/students.


Advisory: Rated-R for explicit language

Rory Kinnear is Mack the Knife in a new version of this landmark twentieth-century musical, broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic musical theatre piece is adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Rufus Norris (Everyman, London Road).

As London's East End scrubs up for the coronation, Mr. and Mrs. Peachum gear up for a bumper day in the beggary business. Keeping tight control of the city's underground - and their daughter’s whereabouts.

With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond) 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.

Contains filthy language and immoral behaviour.


‘It is ridiculous, beautiful, and utterly utterly cynical’

City A.M


‘Rory Kinnear is a fine Macheath. Haydn Gwynne is terrific’
Daily Express 



‘Grimy, filthy and tremendously fun.’

Time Out 

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Cast and creative career highlights:

Rory Kinnear (MacHeath)


Theatre:For the National: The Threepenny Opera, Othello, The Last of the Haussmans, Hamlet (title role), Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger's Tragedy, Philistines, The Man of Mode, Southwark Fair

TV:The Casual Vacancy, Penny Dreadful, Lucan, Count Arthur Strong,Southcliffe, Loving Miss Hatto, Richard II, Black Mirror, The Mystery of Edwin Drood,  Cranford, Beautiful People, The    Thick of It, Waking the Dead, Ashes to Ashes, 

Film:Spectre, Trespass Against Us, Man Up, The Imitation Game, Cuban Fury, Skyfall, Broken, Wild Target, Quantum of Solace

Haydn Gwynn (Mrs. Peachum)

Theatre: For the National: The Threepenny Opera

In London's West End: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,The Audience, Billy Elliot – The Musical (also on Broadway), City of Angels, Ziegfeld

TV includes: The Windsors,  Ripper Street, The C-Word, Law & Order,Midsomer Murders, New Tricks, Sherlock, Poirot, The Merchant of Venice, Drop the Dead Donkey

Film includes: Beauty and the Beast, Hunky Dory.

George  Ikediashi aka Le Gateau Chocolat (Street Singer)

Theatre: For the National: Threepenny Opera, Wrong Songs for Christmas

TV includes: Lewis

Film includes: London Road.

Jamie Beddard (Matthias)

Theatre: For the National: The Threepenny Opera 

Other theatre includesWeighting, Carrie's War, Ubu, Flesh Fly, Alice in Wonderland, The Fly, 15 Seconds, The Bound Man, Waiting for Godot,King of Fools, The Last Freakshow

TV: Common As Muck, Wonderful You, Khyber Pass, The Egg, Access to WorkSkalligrigg, Carrie's War, Quills, ID, All the King's Men