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Convict's Opera, The  

after John Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera'

Convict's Opera, The $19.95 ex GST
$21.95 inc GST
The world’s first musical - and still one of the best - The Beggar’s Opera is the raucous tale of lady's man Macheath and sweet Polly Peachum juggling love and deceit in the dirty underbelly of 18th Century London.
In a theatrical coup the opera is reimagined: writer Stephen Jeffreys ( The Art of War, The Libertine) and celebrated British director Max Stafford-Clark shift the setting to a creaking convict ship bound for Australia. To pass the time, a group of Second Fleet convicts put on an opera set in the world they’ve left far behind, and will probably never see again.
The Convict's Opera is a unique co-production between Sydney Theatre Company and Out of Joint, Max Stafford-Clark's legendary touring theatre company, it opens at Sydney Theatre in October 2008 before embarking on a tour of the UK between January and March 2009.
Featuring a cast of talented actor-musicians drawn from Britain and Australia, The Convict’s Opera brings together the classic folk songs of the original with some modern musical surprises—and plenty of infamy, intrigue, fun and romance.

Cast : 6M, 4F

Nick Hern Books  | 978-1-84842-015-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Stephen Jeffreys is the author of Valued Friends, a comedy about property values, for which he won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award, A Going Concern, about a small family business, The Clink about an Elizabethan stand-up comic and The Libertine, a bawdy comedy about the notorious Earl of Rochester, now a major film starring Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton and John Malkovich.

By Stephen Jeffreys, available through Currency Press - see all