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Beggars Opera, The

J.C. Pepusch

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Music selected by J.C Pepusch; arranged by Benjamin Pearce Higgins with libretto and lyrics by John Gay in an adaptation by David Turner

Published by Warner/Chappell. Administered for hire and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America) by Faber Music Ltd


Peachum is a receiver of stolen goods. He transacts most of his business with Captain Macheath, a highwayman who is loved by Peachum’s daughter, Polly. Macheath and Polly marry secretly and Peachum is no longer able to use Polly in his business. He gets his revenge, helped by Jenny Diver, Suky Tawdry, and other Ladies of the Town, by informing on Macheath and collecting the reward money. Macheath is imprisoned in Newgate, which is run by the corrupt Lockit, who is in league with Peachum. Lockit’s daughter Lucy becomes infatuated with Macheath and enables him to escape by stealing her father’s keys. Through the inebriated Mrs Diana Trapes, he is recaptured and is only saved from being hanged by the mock intervention of a beggar and a player. After all, it would never do to let such a fine hero die.


1 Double Bass
1 Flute
1 Clarinet
1 Horn
1 Percussion
1 Piano / Celeste
1 Full Score


Royalties are calculated at 12.5% of the gross box office receipts, with a guaranteed minimum per performance of £ 65.00, plus VAT

Vocal score are available at a hire fee of £2.50 per copy, per month, as are libretto at £1.50 per copy, per month.

A full orchestral set is available for hire at a cost of £75.00 per month.


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Cast Size: Flexible

Genre(s): Opera/Operetta