In 1728 John Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera' became an overnight success in it satire of politics and society and of course groundbreaking new form which essentially created the musical genre. Told by a troupe of 1980's would-be political activists fired up with anti-Thatcher sentiment using John Gay's satire as a platform for their views The Beggar's Opera of course has more than a few echoes with the Britain of today.


Music: John Gay
Lyrics(s): John Gay, Robert Locke
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Archive listings for The Beggar's Opera

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


This brand new production from Paris's Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, resident company at the 2018 International Festival, has been created by two commanding figures across international stages. With an eminent international cast of actor-singers, plus period musicians from Les Arts Florissants, this brand new, contemporary take on Gay's work delves deeply into the opera's pungent world of dark wit and double standards - a Beggar's Opera very much for our own turbulent times. The Beggar's Opera is part of the residency of the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord at the 2018 International Festival.Producer Theatre Des Bouffes Du Nord. Producer William Christie. Producer Robert Carsen. Producer Ian Burton. Director Robert Carsen. Musical Director William Christie.
16 Aug 18 to 19 Aug 18King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
listing details L1640643355


Adapted by Glyn Maxwell. Director Alex Clifton.
11 May 17 to 19 Aug 17Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester :: V1214984677
listing details L449859433


Presented byBirmingham Conservatoire.
15 Jun 17 to 17 Jun 17Crescent Theatre, Birmingham :: V144
listing details L1478569588


Company Lazarus Theatre. Adapted by Ricky Dukes. Director Ricky Dukes. Musical Director Sarah Morrison. Design Sorcha Corcoran. Lighting Stuart Glover. Music Chris Drohan. Sound Chris Drohan. Producer Gavin Harrington-Odedra.
8 Nov 16 to 3 Dec 16Jack Studio Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre), Outer London :: V299
listing details L01596995857


Company European Opera Centre.
1 Mar 13 to 3 Mar 13Epstein Theatre, Liverpool :: V537
listing details L1578280321


Some bad language and scenes of a sexual nature. Suitable 12+Company London College of Music. Director Mhairi Grealis. Musical Director Ian McMillan. Music Ilona Sekacz (additional musical arrangements).
16 Jan 13 to 19 Jan 13Watermans Arts Centre, Outer London :: V339
listing details L826244191


A titillating adaptation which embraces the opera's bawdy humour and satirical commentary, presented by a company committed to producing both innovative and intriguing performances.Company YAP Theatre Company.
6 Aug 11 to 7 Aug 11Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Inner London :: V1170
listing details L1612492157


The Beggar’s Opera is the first musical to join Belt Up Theatre’s repertoire and in a new adaptation by James Wilkes (The Tartuffe) looks to hold up a comical mirror to the society and politics of today. Playfully meta-theatrical in Belt Up Theatre’s signature style and knowingly anachronistic jumping back and forth between today, 1988 and 1728.Producer Jethro Compton. Company Belt Up Theatre. Director Alexander Wright. Musical Director Dan Wood.
24 Mar 11 to 26 Mar 11Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L01835943787

Other listings

17 Nov 16 to 19 Nov 16Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking :: V1033
listing details L1154873092
27 Oct 15 to 7 Nov 15Archway Theatre Company, Horley :: V713
listing details L78567079
22 Oct 15 to 23 Oct 15The Maltings Theatre (formely Maltings Arts Centre), St Albans :: V52
listing details L1140024809
20 Jun 12 to 7 Jul 12The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Inner London :: V219
listing details L0215114808

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