'Just so, just so,' said Bar, nodding his head, for he was not to be put off in that way, 'and therefore I spoke of our sitting in Banco to take a special argument--meaning this to be a high and solemn occasion, when, as Captain Macheath
says, "the judges are met: a terrible show!" We lawyers are sufficiently liberal, you see, to quote the Captain, though the Captain is severe upon us.
As with its predecessors, Dead Dog's anti-hero is the unkillable criminal Macheath
, whose secret marriage to the chaste, sweet-natured Polly Peachum sets its anarchic plot in motion.
John Gay used him as the model for MacHeath
in his Beggar's Opera.
Returning to Chester for these productions are: Alex Mugnaioni, who was part of Storyhouse's opening rep company as Macheath
in The Beggar's Opera and Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.
Schechter's Brechtian distaste for the corruption and excess of twenty-first century capitalism is most evident in 'Macheath
Our Contemporary', a "recently discovered" confession by The Beggar's/Threepenny Opera's Mack the Knife, who has transformed himself from highwayman to international financier.
He sang Macheath
in The Beggar's Opera at the 1976 Guelph Spring Festival, and Eisenstein with Edmonton Opera.
Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn't come home last night and it's all about to kick off The Threepenny Opera has Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond) as Captain Macheath
, (aka: Mack the Knife) alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum, Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.
There's a line where Macheath
says: 'What's the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?'"
Of the 11 protagonists Matthew McConnell made an engaging, though totally amoral Macheath
, Lizzie Lister a beguilingly innocent Polly Peachum, and Lydia Jane Haynes a deliciously ghastly, cynical and manipulative Mrs Peachum.
- a skinny-jean clad anti-capitalist busker - starts asking what the Games will do for the poor, becoming a thorn in the side of media moghul Peachum and the buffoonish, shaggy haired mayor Lockitt.
I had narrowed it down to MacHeath
("Mac the Knife") or Haggis (the only typical Scottish food I was aware of).
It also shares Dominic Marsh, who played the lawless Macheath
in Dead Dog, and returns to Liverpool this time on the other side of the law as Lord Advocate Sir James Stewart, who sentenced Aikenhead to death.