A Respectable Wedding

A Respectable Wedding is a short play by the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht. The German title Die Kleinbürgerhochzeit literally means the petit bourgeois wedding.

Like other of Brecht’s early works (Baal, Drums in the Night, and The Threepenny Opera), A Respectable Wedding is seen as a critique of bourgeois society.[1]

The play includes nine characters:

  • The Bride's Father
  • The Bridegroom's Mother
  • The Bride
  • The Bride's Sister
  • The Bridegroom
  • His Friend
  • The Wife
  • Her Husband
  • The Young Man


  1. Squiers, Anthony (2014). An Introduction to the Social and Political Philosophy of Bertolt Brecht: Revolution and Aesthetics. Amsterdam: Rodopi. p. 33. ISBN 9789042038998.

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