Study Guide

The Threepenny Opera Characters

By Bertolt Brecht

Macheath, a.k.a. "Mac the Knife"

Macheath, also known by the super-scary nickname "Mac the Knife," is the protagonist of Brecht's...

Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum

You could accuse Peachum of a lot of things, but he'd defend his honor and reputation to the...

Polly Peachum

Daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Peachum and sort-of-wife to Mac the Knife, Polly Peachum is a girl who's...

Jackie "Tiger" Brown

The High Sheriff of London: he's probably a respectable guy, right? If you've learned anything by...

Celia Peachum

Celia is Mr. Peachum's wife. She doesn't have too much of a dynamic role in the play. She seems...

Lucy Brown

We only see Lucy for a couple of scenes, but it's a doozy. She bursts in on Polly and Mac's...

Low-Dive Jenny

An old friend and lover of Mac, Jenny is the prostitute who betrays him at Mrs. Peachum's...

Mac's Friends and Associates

Mac is in charge of a merry band of bandits with exciting nicknames like Crooked Fingers or Bob...