A play by Bertolt Brecht
Phyllida Lloyd, Director
Venue: Donmar Warehouse
Opened Dec.15, 1994

Mack: Tom Hollander
Polly: Sharon Small
Mr. Peachum: Tom Mannion
Jenny: Tara Hugo

History of the Play

The Threepenny Opera


PENNIES FROM HEAVEN; A new production of The Threepenny Opera proves that the Donmar Warehouse is fast becoming the best musical house in London

By Michael Billington
The Guardian (London)
December 16, 1994

"...Instead of an instantly charismatic, larger-than-life Macheath, Tom Hollander marvellously presents us with a puny, long-haired, arrogant little hood whose dismal idea of the good life is a snort of coke and a velvet smoking jacket..."
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Brecht to the future
By Benedict Nightingale
The Times
December 16, 1994

"...Macheath himself is played by Tom Hollander, on the face of it odd casting for the gentle, earnest actor I recall as Celia in an all-male As You Like It. But helped by a tiny moustache, a scar and an Essex-accented sneer, he gives a marvellously unsentimental performance. This is no gentleman-buccaneer surrrounded by like-minded outcasts, but a mean, sly hood protected by louts in leather and sincere only when he sings ''you have to kill your neighbour to survive, it's selfishness that keeps a man alive''..."
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The Threepenny Opera, or whatever that is in Ecus
The Independent (London)
December 16, 1994

"...With the face of a satanically staring angel, diminutive Tom Hollander plays Macheath as a psychotic South London charmer, his voice a loud spivvy quack that spells nerd-with-knife..."
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By John Peter
Sunday Times
January 1, 1995

"...Tom Hollander plays a deeply sinister Macheath: a playful, baby-faced operator with a smugly evil gaze and the swift, sleek reactions of a predatory otter. In prison he soon wangles himself top-quality sheets and satin cushions, with obliging warders providing fine food, drugs and massage, precisely the kind of regime for which the director of the Prison Service would get a hefty performance bonus..."
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Brave new world still keeps you on a knife-edge
By Nicholas De Jongh
Evening Standard (London)
December 15, 1994

"... Tom Hollander's MacHeath, a long-haired blond, putting on a throaty nasal sneer of a voice, lacks the air of a charismatic, dangerous villain, and never sounds like one. Beverley Klein's Mrs Peachum disconcertingly talks cockney and sings middle-class. Yet, despite the production's heavy-handed gimmickry, and the beggars rather overlooked, this Threepenny Opera is a serious delight."
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