The Beggar's Opera

Opera

Writers: John Gay

Overview

Show Information

Music
Category
Opera
Number of Acts
3
Genres
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, late teen, early teen, elderly characters

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.

Lead Characters