The Beggar's Opera



Major Productions

Below is a list of Broadway, London and touring productions in the database. For a complete list, including regional, click here or at the bottom of the Productions box.

Original London Production (1728)
London, England
New York Revival (1750)
New York, NY
New York Revival (1854)
New York, NY
Broadway Revival (1855)
New York, NY
Broadway Revival (1859)
New York, NY
London Revival (1920)
London, England
Broadway Revival (1920)
New York, NY
Broadway Revival (1928)
New York, NY
London Revival (1940)
London, England
City Center Revival (1957)
New York, NY
RSC Revival (1963)
London, England
Equity Library Theatre Revival (1964)
New York, NY
London Revival (1968)
London, England
Broadway Revival (1973)
New York, NY
London Revival (1980)
London, England
Royal National Theatre Production (1982)
London, England
RSC Revival (1992)
London, England
London Revival (2011)
London, England

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Songs

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Additional material


Added to the 1957 Revival


Studio Cast Recordings

Recordings listed here were done in the studio specifically to release as recordings. They do not represent cast recordings of a particular production.

Studio Cast (1951)
Robert Carroll, Alan Hewitt, Emile Renau, Philip Bourneuf, Frank Maxwell
Studio Cast (1963)
Elsie Morison, Zena Walker, John Cameron (ii), John Neville, Monica Sinclair
Studio Cast (1981)
Kiri Te Kanawa, James Morris (i), Joan Sutherland, Angela Lansbury, Alfred Marks
Studio Cast (8888)
William McAlpine, Ronald Lewis, John Frost, Mary Thomas (ii), Doreen Murray

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GENRE: Ballad Opera

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Synopsis

Peachum, a thief catcher, deplores the fact that his daughter Polly is marrying the famous highwayman, Macheath. He arranges for Macheath to be arrested and imprisoned at the prison run by the corrupt wardon, Lockit. Macheath tries to escape by enlisted the help of Lockit’s daughter Lucy and promising to marry her. His plan is complicated when Polly comes to try and save him. Thus, Lucy and Polly end up in an inevitable rivalry. Right before Macheath is to be hanged, the Beggar (who narrates the opera) is persuaded by the player to provide a happier ending.


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Trivia & History

Music by various composers ranging from simple folk songs of the period to sophisticated art songs.

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