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

Cast

Farmer’s Son
Eilif
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Farmer’s Wife
Farmer’s Wife
Kattrin
Mother Courage
Older Soldier
Soldier
Solider
Swiss Cheese
The Army Recruiter
The Chaplain
The Clerk
The Colonel
The Cook
The General
The Lieutenant
The One with the Eyepatch
The Quartermaster
The Regimental Secretary
The Sergeant
Young Man
Young Soldier
Yvette

Crew

Assistant Lighting Designer
Associate Lighting Designer
Associate Set Designer
Costume Designer
Director
Lighting Designer
Musicscape
Set Designer
Songs
Sound Designer
Sound Designer
Video Designer
Video Designer

Seen by

Photographs

If you have a photograph or picture that illustrates this production, please sign in to upload it, or add it to Flickr and tag it with .

Play description

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.

Observations

If you have an interesting observation or anecdote about this production that you think others may be interested in, please sign in in order to record it here.