The Beggars Opera



The Beggars Opera The Tale Of Peachum, Thief Taker And Informer, Conspiring To Send The Dashing And Promiscuous Highwayman Macheath To The Gallows, Became The Theatrical Sensation Of The Eighteenth Century.In THE BEGGAR S OPERA, John Gay Turned Conventions Of Italian Opera Riotously Upside Down, Instead Using Traditional Popular Ballads And Street Tunes, While Also Indulging In Political Satire At The Expense Of The Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole Gay S Highly Original Depiction Of The Thieves, Informers, Prostitutes And Highwaymen Thronging The Slums And Prisons Of The Corrupt London Underworld Proved Brilliantly Successful In Exposing The Dark Side Of A Corrupt And Jaded Society.

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  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • The Beggars Opera
  • John Gay
  • English
  • 16 January 2018
  • 0140432205

10 thoughts on “The Beggars Opera

  1. David Sarkies says:

    An 18th Century parody of the Italian Opera23 December 2013 I want to give this play a high score simply because of it s context and content, and as it is one of the only satirical operas that has survived from the early 18th Century should also give this play, orproperly opera, some credit Now, when we hear the word opera we usually thing of it s not over until the fat lady sings and then Bart Simpson going is she fat enough for you and you would actually be quite correct, because An 18th Century parody of the Italian Opera23 December 2013 I want to give this play a high score simply because of it s context and content, and as it is one of the only satirical operas that has survived from the early 18th Century should also give this play, orproperly opera, some credit Now, when we hear the word opera we usually thing of it s not over until the fat lady sings and then Bart Simpson going...

  2. Grace Mc Gowan says:

    This is by faaaar the best eighteenth century play I ve read It s Dickensian in its portrayal of the underbelly of English society whores, criminals, highwaymen, corrupt lawyers.It s comical and moving and poignant by turns, and I m kind of in love with Macheath even though he is categorically THE WORST.I...

  3. Old-Barbarossa says:

    Probably received like Trainspotting in the 18th cent Tarts and highwaymen, cheap gin, betrayal, bigamyand songs.Social satire that still has an edge.Shorter than I thought it would be.Like to see it performed though.Did Adam Ant read or see it Dandy Highwayman indeed

  4. Ana Rînceanu says:

    Our story begins with a Mr Peachum, a fence and thief catcher, whose daughter Polly has has secretly married famous highwayman Macheath So as a father who makes his living blackmailing thieves, he decides to kill his son in law so his daughter can inherit a fortune One problem Polly found out.This wacky premise is accompanied by equally wacky songs, whores talking like ladies of court about taking money from men, comically bad hero Macheath who has promised marriage to at least 40 women and Our story begins with a Mr Peachum, a fence and thief catcher, whose daughter Polly has has secretly married famous highwayman Macheath So as a father who makes his living blackmailing thieves...

  5. Emery Lee says:

    Although it may be odd to read a musical, this is fascinating to me It was written for the stage and employed many popular tunes from the day 1728 Here s a sample from Page 29 A fox may steal your Hens, SirA Whore your Helath and Pence, SirYour Daughter robs your chest, SirYour wife may Steal you Rest, Sir.A Thief you Goods and Plate.But this is all but pickingWith...

  6. Kaethe says:

    I recall being told once upon a time that the poet John Gay was an ancestor, and I formed an intention to read something of his And then there was a reference to The Beggar s Opera and the Three Penny Opera in something I was reading on the kindle, which made it dead easy to download a copy to satisfy my curiosity.Meh Satire doesn t hold up very well over time Likely a production could be very winning, particularly if filmed by Tim Burton, but the script isn t much, nor terribly amusing Stil I recall being told once upon a time that...

  7. Ann Canann says:

    1728 Considered revolutionary at the time because it presented poverty and crime from the point of view of those who lived it He used popular music of the day It was set to music by Johann Christoph Pepusch The characters, including Captain Macheath and P...

  8. Noelia Alonso says:

    It was actually not as bad and difficult as I thought it would be.

  9. Jesse says:

    Oh Jenny, thou art a dear slut Oh Mr Gay, thou art a dear satirist This is a play that makes a number of classic reversals turning noblemen and court ladies into thieves and prostitutes turning Italian opera into English Irish folk songs and turning every moral reflection one would expect inside out for instance, an affair is okay, but marriage is not to be tolerated Although intellectually light, since, essentially, everything rests upon the single insight that the corrupti Oh Jenny, thou art a dear slut Oh Mr Gay, thou art a dear satirist This is a play that makes a number of classic reversals turning noblemen and court ladies into thieves and prostitutes turning Italian opera into English Irish folk songs and turning every moral reflection one would expect inside out for instance, an affair is okay, but marriage is not to be tolerated Although intellectually light, since, essentially, everything rests upon...

  10. Phillip says:

    I had tried to read this play musical once before and couldn t get into it, but this time I definitely enjoyed itI really don t care for the character of Macheath, who is a total scumbag, and I don t necessarily like that he s the hero of the play I use that term advisedly, because he s a criminal and a bigamist who uses women for his own advantage But I actually really like the ending of the play, which is metatheatrical but I won t say anything else about it to avoid spoilers Suf I had tried to read this play musical once before and couldn t get into it, but this time I definitely enjoyed itI really don t care for the character of Macheath, who is a total scumbag, and I don t necessarily like that he s the hero of the play I use that term advisedly, because he s a criminal and a bigamist who uses women for his own advantage But I actually really like the ending of the play, which is metatheatrical but I won t say anything else about it to avoid spoilers Suffice it to say that I think it s a great ending even if I continue to dislike Macheath.As a satire I think it s probably hard for contemporary audiences readers to appreciate the fun Gay is having with early 18th century opera I definitely don t know almost anything about opera, so much of that goes over my head , but there s still a lot of interesting satire of capitalism, politics, etc that continues to work However, I m not...

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