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Australian Premiere

The Threepenny Opera

Berliner Ensemble | Directed by Barrie Kosky | 2024 Adelaide Festival
Music Theatre
Her Majesty's Theatre
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5 shows


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Barrie Kosky returns to Adelaide Festival with a masterpiece of 20th century music theatre – The Threepenny Opera

Written by Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann with music by Kurt Weill, The Threepenny Opera was an overnight sensation following its premiere in Berlin in 1928. Here, the Berliner Ensemble is joined by former Adelaide Festival Artistic Director Barrie Kosky in a new production that demonstrates the piece’s timeless power. 

Set amongst the poverty, crime and corruption of London, The Threepenny Opera follows notorious criminal Macheath, a.k.a. Mack the Knife, his gang, enemies and lovers. It is both a biting satire of capitalism and a farcical story about love, betrayal and morality. 

Coming to Adelaide after hit seasons in Berlin and Edinburgh, The Threepenny Opera brings its universal story, legendary songs and silver-spangled stage to Adelaide. Don’t miss your only chance to see this dazzling production as it makes its Australian premiere. 

★★★★★ Barrie Kosky’s production of The Threepenny Opera for the legendary Berliner Ensemble is quite simply astounding. It takes the breath away with its dazzling confidence and utter clarity... I’d give it ten stars if I could.

— WhatsOnStage 

★★★★★ A near flawless revival of Brecht’s searing Victorian satire. 

— The Telegraph

Few directors possess Kosky’s animal instinct for making music serve drama... [It is] raw entertainment.

— The Spectator

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Performance Location: Her Majesty's Theatre

A photo of Her Majesty's Theatre auditorium, side view

Her Majesty's Theatre is located at 58 Grote Street, Adelaide, which is on the north side of the street. You can’t miss the beautiful, street-facing entrance, and although there is no designated drop off area, cars can pause to drop off passengers nearby on Grote Street. 

Car Parking

There are many parking options around the Grote Street precinct, including on Pitt St, at Adelaide Central Market, and Wilson Parking on Franklin Street.  

Taxi services

There is not a taxi rank direct­ly adja­cent to Her Majesty’s The­atre, but the near­est one is just 250m east, out­side the Hilton Hotel on Vic­to­ria Square. 

Public transport

Pub­lic trans­port is a great way to vis­it Her Majesty’s The­atre with no need to wor­ry about park­ing. Many busses, includ­ing the free bus that loops through the city and North Ade­laide, stop near­by as does the tram which stops in Vic­to­ria Square just 250m away. For more infor­ma­tion vis­it Ade­laide Metro.

We want to make your vis­it as enjoy­able as pos­si­ble and offer many ways to assist if sup­port is required.

Accessible seating

Remov­able seats are avail­able in the Stalls row G as well as on the Dress Cir­cle and Grand Cir­cle for patrons who wish to remain seat­ed in their wheel­chair or trans­fer to a the­atre seat. 


Lifts are locat­ed in the foy­er near the infor­ma­tion desk with access to all levels. 


Acces­si­ble toi­lets are avail­able at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Assistance animals

Every theatre and event/function area of Adelaide Festival Centre is assistance animal friendly. 

Audio assistance

At Her Majesty’s The­atre, hear­ing loop facil­i­ties are avail­able in foy­er areas. 

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