The Beggar’s Opera


ISBN: 9781854599148
Author: John Gay
Publication Date: 01/06/2006
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 128pp.


Drama Classics: The World’s Great Plays at a Great Little Price

John Gay’s bawdy and burlesque pastiche on the pretentious classical Italian opera.

Peachum the thief-catcher is horrified when he discovers his beloved daughter Polly has married Macheath the highwayman; he and his wife plot Macheath’s death in the knowledge that they would be entitled to their daughter’s inheritance once he was out of the way. But Lockit the prison warden is also after the highwayman’s treasures, and daughter Lucy his crown jewels…

Edited and introduced by Colin Counsell

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