Mother Courage and her Children
in a translation by Tony Kushner
Mother Courage, one of the most astonishing stage creations of the twentieth century, drags her cart across the battlefields, profiteering from a war that destroys her children, one by one
It isn’t easy, starting a war, but nothing worthwhile is easy. And once you’re in, you’re hooked like a gambler, you can’t afford to walk away from the crapshoot once you’re deep into it.
Fiona Shaw returns to the National to take the title role in Tony Kushner’s inventive and vigorous translation of Bertolt Brecht’s uncompromising masterpiece. New live music by Duke Special and his band infuses this wildfire production from the team whose many international credits include Happy Days and Medea.
Cast & Crew
|Farmer’s Son||Kyle McPhail|
|Ensemble||William J Cassidy|
|Ensemble||Anthony Mark Barrow|
|Farmer’s Wife||Siobhán McSweeney|
|Farmer’s Wife||Eleanor Montgomery|
|Mother Courage||Fiona Shaw|
|Older Soldier||Stephen O’Toole|
|Solider||William J Cassidy|
|Swiss Cheese||Harry Melling|
|The Army Recruiter||Sargon Yelda|
|The Chaplain||Stephen Kennedy|
|The Clerk||Jonathan Gunthorpe|
|The Colonel||Roger Sloman|
|The Cook||Martin Marquez|
|The General||Colin Stinton|
|The Lieutenant||Roger Sloman|
|The One with the Eyepatch||Anthony Mark Barrow|
|The Quartermaster||Youssef Kerkour|
|The Regimental Secretary||Johannes Flaschberger|
|The Sergeant||Gary Sefton|
|Young Man||Morgan Watkins|
|Young Soldier||Louis McKenzie|
|Assistant Lighting Designer||John McGarrigle|
|Associate Lighting Designer||Marc Williams|
|Associate Set Designer||Vicki Fifield|
|Costume Designer||Ruth Myers|
|Lighting Designer||Jean Kalman|
|Set Designer||Tom Pye|
|Sound Designer||Andrew Bruce|
|Sound Designer||Nick Lidster|
|Video Designer||Lysander Ashton|
|Video Designer||Mark Grimmer|
- Added by Matt Patterson.
This play was first performed in 1941. Mother Courage’s business is war. She trades in brandy, boots and belts, endlessly dragging her children across Europe whilst attempting to protect them from the war’s devastating effects.
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