Brecht – The Threepenny Opera and more

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  • During the next few years, Brecht produced a string of well-received plays, the most popular of which was probably The Threepenny Opera, which he adapted from John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera along with composer Kurt Weill. In fact, The Threepenny Opera would go on to become the biggest theatrical hit in Berlin during the 1920s and helped lead the way in a worldwide resurgence of the popularities of musicals in general. (It would also do much to fatten the playwright’s checkbook!) Brecht also published his first book of poems, Hauspostille (Domestic Breviary), which won a literary prize. However, even as his literary fame was soaring, Brecht found his interests shifting towards politics. In 1927, he had begun to study Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, and by 1929 he had embraced Communism. His solidifying political beliefs would soon become evident in his plays as well.

    Photo source: and the book from the scientific conference for Bertold Brecht, from the Communist Party of Greece

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