Lazarus Theatre Company
The Beggar's Opera
A New Musical Play
8th November - 3rd December 2016
The Jack Studio Theatre
"The Beggar's Opera is suitable for audience members of the age of 12 and upwards, contains strong language and scenes of very naughty behaviour."
Bawdy, Bonkers and Bizarre…
Polly Peachum longs for her newly-married husband, the roguish highwayman, Macheath. Their whirlwind romance is derailed by her parents, his lover, the law and the noose.
John Gay’s 1728 musical comedy is set deep within London’s underworld, a frantic, dangerous and lascivious world of highwaymen, hangmen and harlots. This uncompromising exposure of moral and financial corruption comes to the stage with an original score and contemporary staging.
The Beggar’s Opera marks our return to The Jack Studio after our sell-out production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
★★★★★ “Pushed the boundaries of the audience’s imagination
– it swept me off my feet”
Ginger Wig & Strolling Man
Cast and Creative
Polly Peachum – Michaela Bennison
Lucy Lockit – Elizabeth Hollingshead
Mr. Peachum – David Jay Douglas
Mrs Peachum – Natalie Barker
Lockit – Josie Mills
Macheath – Sherwood Alexander
Filch – Louis Rayneau
Matt of the Mint – Alasdair Melrose
Jenny – Rachel Kelly
Mrs Trapes – Shalana Serafina
Written by John Gay
Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes
New Lyrics and Music by Bobby Locke
New Music and Sound Design by Chris Drohan
Design by Sorcha Corcoran
Lighting Design by Stuart Glover
Musical Direction by Dominic Gee-Burch
Dramaturge – Sara Reimers
Stage Manager – Sinéad Sexton
Associate Producer – Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Company Photographer – Adam Trigg
Production Graphic Designer – Will Beeston
For further information on The Beggar's Opera cast click here
★★★★ “This funny, lively adaptation has an excellent, fresh, new score and contemporary staging… The play received a rousing ovation from a very pleased audience at the end. Go and see this, you could not possibly be disappointed”
Graham Archer, West End Wilma
★★★★ “Who doesn’t love a bad boy? A brisk, high energy, musical The Beggar’s Opera is thoroughly entertaining and striking”
Sarah Cox, Stage Review
The Beggar's Opera, a brief history...
The Beggar's Opera, a ballad opera produced on the 29 January 1728 by John Rich, in which Sir Robert Walpole was caricatured. This famous piece, which was said to have made "Rich gay and Gay rich", was an innovation in many respects.
The play ran for sixty-two nights. The Beggar's Opera has had an influence on all later British stage comedies, especially on nineteenth century British comic opera and the modern musical.
★★★★ “There is plenty in this lively new version to delight and surprise both those returning to an old favourite and those who are seeing it for the first time”
Paul Ackroyd, RemoteGoat
Beggar's Opera in the press...
★★★★★ Ginger Wig & Strolling Man
★★★★ Graham Archer, West End Wilma
★★★★ Sarah Cox, Stage Review
★★★★ Paul Ackroyd, RemoteGoat
★★★★ Siân Rowland, London Pub Theatre
★★★★ William Russell, Reviews Gate
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★★★★ “The company songs are superb and the energy of the piece brings every corner of the Jack’s studio space to throbbing, pulsating life… The imaginative movement and staging... the show is dynamic and fun”
Siân Rowland, London Pub Theatre