Street Scene

Kurt Weill

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In a city that never sleeps, it doesn’t pay to have a dream…

On a stiflingly hot summer’s day in New York, a family is pushed to breaking point. Frank is angry at a world that’s changing too fast, his daughter Rose longs for a better life away from the squalor of the city, and his unhappy wife Anna struggles with a terrible secret that could tear them all apart… As the heat builds, the tension erupts into violence and their lives are changed forever.

Weill’s richly-varied score blends opera with the music of golden-age Broadway. Soaring arias and duets rub shoulders with jazz and the jitterbug, and Puccini shakes hands with Gershwin. With numbers such as ‘Lonely House’ and ‘Moon-faced, Starry-eyed’, it’s little wonder that Street Scene was awarded Best Original Score at the first Tony Awards in 1947.

“…impeccable… a special show that I’d pay to see again.”
★★★★★ — The Times

“…a true ensemble achievement… unforgettable.”
★★★★★ — The Arts Desk

“…real dramatic fire… engaging music theatre, beautifully done.”
★★★★ —  The Guardian

“…persuasively conducted… beautifully delivered…”
★★★★ — The Observer

£15 to £79.50*

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Sung in English

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A co-production with Theater Magdeburg
Supported by a generous gift from
The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Funded in part by the
Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY


Street Scene

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