View Single Post
Old 03-08-2014, 09:05 PM   #574
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Inactive
Posts: 36,483
Likes: 237 (190 Posts)
Lightbulb Mack the Knife

Set in Victorian London, the play focuses on Macheath, an amoral, antiheroic criminal..Macheath (Mackie Messer, or Mack the Knife) marries Polly Peachum.. This displeases her father, who controls the beggars of London, and he endeavours to have Macheath hanged.. His attempts are hindered by the fact that the Chief of Police, Tiger Brown, is Macheath's old army comrade..At the end of WWII the first theater performance in Berlin was a rough production of The Threepenny Opera at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm. Wolf Von Eckardt described the 1945 performance where audience members climbed over ruins and passed through a tunnel to reach the open-air auditorium deprived of its ceiling. In addition to the smell of dead bodies trapped beneath the rubble, Eckardt recollects the actors themselves were "haggard, starved, [and] in genuine rags. Many of the actors..had only just been released from concentration camp..The Threepenny Opera has been translated into 18 languages and performed more than 10,000 times..It was adapted from an 18th-century English ballad opera, John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, and offers a Socialist critique of the capitalist world...

Wapping is a district in East London, England, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets..Wapping was devastated by German bombing in World War II and by the post-war closure of the docks. It remained a run-down and derelict area into the 1980s, when the area was transferred to the management of the London Docklands Development Corporation, a government quango with the task of redeveloping the Docklands. The London Docks were largely filled in and redeveloped with a variety of commercial, light industrial and residential properties..St John's Church (1756) was located on what is now Scandrett Street. Only the tower and shell survived wartime bombing, and have now been converted to housing..In 1986, Rupert Murdoch's News International built a new £80m printing and publishing works in the north of Wapping. This became the scene of violent protests after News International's UK operation moved from Fleet Street to Wapping, with over 5,000 print workers being sacked when new technology was introduced..He's either done all his beans and gone skint or an opportunity came his way and he simply just couldn't say no..We have no interest in seeing World War III - unless we start it...

The Ratcliff Highway murders (sometimes Ratcliffe Highway murders) were two vicious attacks on two separate families that resulted in se7en fatalities. The two attacks occurred within twelve days in December 1811, in homes half a mile apart near Wapping in London..A principal suspect in the murders, John Williams (also known as John Murphy), was a 27-year-old Irish or Scottish seaman, and a lodger at The Pear Tree, a public house on Cinnamon Street off the Highway in Old Wapping. His roommate had noticed that he had returned after midnight on the night of the tavern murders. Thomas de Quincey claimed that Williams had been an acquaintance of Timothy Marr's..Williams never went to trial. On 28 December he used his scarf to apparently hang himself from an iron bar in his cell...The hearing continued despite the dead man's inability to defend himself..On New Year's Eve Williams's body was removed from the prison at 11 a.m., with "an immense concourse of persons", said to total 180,000, taking part in a procession up the Ratcliff Highway. When the cart carrying the body drew opposite the Marrs' house the procession halted for nearly a quarter of an hour. A drawing was made that shows, not the slender man described in newspaper accounts, but a stocky labourer..Suicides could not be buried in consecrated ground. The stake was meant to keep the restless soul from wandering,while the crossroads were meant to confuse whatever evil ghost arose from the grave. In addition, the grave was deliberately made too small for the body, so that the murderer would feel uncomfortable even in death.. Quicklime was added and the pit was covered over..The "Execution Dock" was located on the Thames. It was used by the Admiralty for over 400 years (as late as 1830) to hang pirates that had been convicted and sentenced to death by the Admiralty court..

It won't look like a suicide if you shoot me from over there.. We're bound by procedure.. In this situation, we cannot afford those constraints..Wapping has been used as the setting for a number of works of fiction, including The Long Good Friday; the Doctor Who episode "The Talons of Weng-Chiang"; the Ruby In The Smoke novel in the Sally Lockhart series by Phillip Pullman;the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, in which the central character, Alf Garnett, shares his name with Garnet Street in Wapping; and the brothel in The Threepenny Opera, in which Mack the Knife is betrayed by Jenny Diver. The Darlings of Wapping Wharf Launderette is a compilation album by East End group the Small Faces..Fictional residents also include Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe, an officer in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars; and Dr. Lemuel Gulliver, the title character of Jonathan Swift's
Gulliver's Travels who, in the novel, lived in Wapping before going to sea... you are about to witness, Ms. Lin, is not so much a missile attack, but the launch of a new world order. In precisely 5 minutes after your countrymen have attacked the British fleet, I shall retaliate for dear old England by sending this missile into Beijing, where General Chang has just called an emergency meeting of the Chinese High Command. Unfortunately, General Chang will be delayed in traffic, arriving just after the missile has killed your leaders, and too late to stop the air force from sinking the entire British fleet, but he will be just in time to take over the Government, negotiate a truce, and emerge as a world leader, with the Nobel Peace Prize..And what do you get?..Me? oh, nothing. Just exclusive broadcasting rights in China for the next thousand years..Come on, Big Bird, you don't want to miss your plane..Ah, ah, ah. Now, that was silly..Wouldn't you agree, my bats? Ah, ah, ah...

Last edited by lightgiver; 03-08-2014 at 09:07 PM.
lightgiver is offline   Reply With Quote