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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1963, Anne Bancroft stars in the first Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, opening today at the Martin Beck Theatre. Jerome Robbins directs a cast that also includes Gene Wilder and Barbara Harris.

For more on the original Broadway production of Mother Courage and Her Children, including a look inside the show’s opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.

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Meryl Streep singing “The Great Capitulation” from Mother Courage and Her Children with a brief introduction from Jeanine Tesori

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On this day: 16 September 2009

The fourth National Theatre production of Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht had its Press Night in the Olivier Theatre, translated by Tony Kushner and directed by Deborah Warner.

This film shows Fiona Shaw preparing to go on stage to perform as Mother Courage. Find out more about the production.

Did you see this production? Tweet us at @NationalTheatre or share your memories of the National Theatre here.

These are the books i must read by October 7th for my English Lit course. They arrived today, and i’ve just finished reading the red one, “Making History” by Brian Friel. It’s a really good play tbh. I’m gonna read “Mother Courage And her Children” by Bertolot Brecht next, starting tomorrow, and then finally "Spies" by Michael Frayn.