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rbbKultur documentary in German language

On August 13, Barrie Kosky's eagerly awaited new production of the "Threepenny Opera" will celebrate its premiere at the Berliner Ensemble. The performance had to be postponed several times since January due to the pandemic. A theatrical work under extreme conditions.rbbKultur accompanied Barrie Kosky and his ensemble with the camera for months. The film by Charlotte Pollex (editor: Christine Thalmann) provides exclusive insights into the rehearsals for this special production.

Dreigroschenoper, BE 2021
Dreigroschenoper, BE 2021 © JR Berliner Ensemble

The focus is on the energetic director Barrie Kosky, Nico Holonics as Mackie Messer and his colleagues on stage, the musical director Adam Benzwi and his orchestra, as well as the many people behind the scenes, including the set and costume designers.

The 30-minute film will be available online at, in the ARD Mediathek and on Youtube from August 11. rbb television will show "Honey and Nuts" on August 14 at 6:30 pm.Accompanying the premiere, the Berliner Ensemble together with rbbKultur will present the documentary at a matinée on August 15 at 11:00 am. Hadnet Tesfai will be the moderator.

In 1928, the "Threepenny Opera" premiered on the stage of the Berliner Ensemble on Schiffbauergasse. Almost 100 years later, the celebrated director and artistic director of the Komische Oper Berlin Barrie Kosky takes a new, contemporary look at the world-famous work by Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill.

Barrie Kosky dispenses with 1920s nostalgia and the historical context of the Weimar Republic. In his reading, the "Threepenny Opera" becomes a big-city ballad about people struggling with their fate and their past.

Sat 14.08.2021 18:30, rbb Fernsehen|from 11.08.2021 online first | ARD-Mediathek,,, Youtube
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