The bloody battlefields of the Thirty Years’ War provide the setting for Brecht’s astonishing drama, Mother Courage and Her Children.
Vital, indomitable, contradictory, Mother Courage is considered by many to be one of the most powerful stage creations of the twentieth century. A tireless entrepreneur of the battlefield, Mother Courage is unswerving in her determination to make a profit from the dirty business of war even as it threatens her children.
This new translation is by Oscar and BAFTA nominated playwright Tony Kushner who most recently wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed film Lincoln and brings a freshness to Brecht’s words. Our production will also feature an original score by Greg Palmer and will be staged on an ambitious revolve. An unforgettable theatrical experience, Brecht’s great story of war and business with its rich mixture of narrative, incident, music and dry humour is as clear-eyed and provocative as ever – a must-see classic.
“Same with all good things, it’s a job to get a war going. But once it’s blossomed there’s no holding it; folk start fighting shy of peace like punters what can’t stop for fear of having to tot up what they lost.”
Mother Courage and Her Children features strong language and smoking on stage.
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