A new adaptation of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera.
The Beggar’s Opera is a ballad opera first performed in London in 1728. The work combines comedy and political satire in prose interspersed with songs set to traditional English, Irish, Scottish and French tunes.
Peachum, a thief catcher, furious that his daughter Polly has married the famous highwayman, Macheath, arranges for him to be imprisoned at Newgate Prison, run by the corrupt Lockit. Macheath enlists the help of Lockit’s daughter Lucy to escape, but his plan is complicated when Polly tries to save him. However, before Macheath is to be hanged, the Beggar (who narrates the opera) is persuaded by the Player to provide a happier ending.
Venue: Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP
Sunday 12 March, 6:00pm
(60 minutes approximately, no interval)
John Andrews conductor
Rob Gildon The Beggar/Peachum
Samuel Oram Macheath
Poppy Young Mrs Peachum
Sophie-May Anderson Polly
Angela Tait Lucy
Malachy King Lockit
Joe Tye Filch
Members of Jubilee Opera Macheath’s Gang & Ladies of the Town
Jubilee Opera ensemble