Bawdy, brutal, a rollicking good ride of a show with fantastic vocals from all cast members and a script filled with local, relevant references – making a classic piece a very current piece. The Beggar’s Opera is a musical based in 18th century Chester with a varied mixture of genres of music giving edge, energy and substance to it.
Lazarus Theatre, the award-winning theatre company known for re-imagining and revitalising classic text for a contemporary audience, will open its tenth year in 2017 with the return of this year’s hit production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
There’s something in the water with The Beggar’s Opera at the moment. Lazarus Theatre’s new, modern-dress, 80-minute version at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre is the third major London presentation of the story of womanising highwayman Macheath this year.
London in 1728 was a dark and dangerous place. Highwaymen, hangmen and harlots roamed the streets and life was hard. John Gay’s satirical musical The Beggar’s Opera steps away from the traditional romanticised stories of heroes and villains, unrequited love, choosing instead to tell a tale of rogues and murderers. And a little bit of love, for good measure.
Lazarus Theatre will make its musical theatre debut in November with an all-new production of John Gay’s bawdy and raucous 1728 musical comedy The Beggar’s Opera. The production, directed and adapted by Lazarus artistic director Ricky Dukes, will feature a new, original score by Chris Drohan. It runs at London’s Jack Studio Theatre from 8 November to 3 December 2016, with a press night on 10 November, and a post-show Q&A hosted by My Theatre Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on Tuesday 15 November.