The Beggar's Opera

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The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay (1685-1732). A musical comedy about the love triangle between the highwayman Macheath, his fence's daughter Polly and the jailer's daughter Lucy. First produced in London in 1728. It later formed the basis of Bertolt Brecht’s immensely popular The Threepenny Opera (qv.).

South African performances of Gay’s opera include productions by CAPAB in 1964 and Louis Burke, with Joan Brickhill, David Holliday, Louis Burke, Maggie Soboil and Frank Lazarus (opened in Cape Town in 1965, and then taken to Johannesburg by Theatre International in 1966).**.

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