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University Graduates: beggars, thieves and whores?

Thursday 21 January - Saturday 23 January 2010, 7:30pm - 10pm, Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre
University graduates: beggars, thieves and whores? That's the question asked by student company Opera Warwick in their new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera.

Mixing theatre, film and a live jazz orchestra, this menacing masterpiece is re-invented to expose a bleak future for 21st century Britain. A future of a broken Britain, a future of beggars. Aggression and desperation dominate this production; after all, they provoked it. Is there a place for university graduates in a credit crunched society? Today’s students are tomorrow’s criminals.

The Threepenny Opera follows the journey of Macheath, the charismatic business man. Dispatching criminals by day and seducing women by night, it's wickedness that keeps this man alive. Thieves love him, women love him, and he's even got the Chief of Police wrapped round his little finger. Is there anything this man can't do?

"Macheath is an icon and a legend" says Director, Genevieve Raghu. "He's been getting away with murder for three centuries. Through theatre, film and music we will be interrogating the intrigue of this man and questioning how moral weakness can be seen as a personal strength. Brecht’s ideology is political and forceful. In this production we bring Brecht’s characters into a gallery to be scrutinised. The limitations and possibilities of these stereotypes are tested against a canvas of ultra-modern dystopia."

This innovative production of The Threepenny Opera runs from 21 – 23rd January in the Theatre at Warwick Arts Centre. From Birmingham to Covent Garden London, Opera Warwick has been going from strength to strength with their consistently challenging and engaging productions.

Ben Hamilton, President of Opera Warwick and Musical Director of this production is thrilled about what this show means for the society: "Paul McGrath, Director of Music at the University of Warwick, has given us a fantastic opportunity to bring our innovative production to the stage of Warwick Arts Centre. This show will excite, incite and chill with the questions it poses and the future it predicts for our audiences."

Tickets are available now from the box office on 024 7652 4524 or via www.warwickartscentre.co.uk or www.threepennyopera.org.uk. Tickets are priced at £9.50. Concessions at £7 are available.