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A coronation is about to take place. Polly Peachum, daughter of Jeremiah Peachum (who controls the beggar's turf in London), secretly marries Macheath, king pin of a gang of thieves. One betrayal follows another, as Macheath tries to elude both the police and his jealous new wife. In a hysterical finale -- a brilliant sendup of operatic endings -- the Queen's pardon is delivered just as Macheath is about to be hanged. THE THREEPENNY OPERA was the first collaboration between playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill. -the theater

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