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The Peachums have now officially left the building, but before we roll up our beautiful Hogarth backdrop we wanted to take one last look back at SmallStages 2019. We’ve done 15 performances this Autumn, from Cwmbran to Colwyn Bay and Barmouth to Bridgnorth, and had a wonderful warm reception from more than 1200 people across...
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Now we’re officially on the road, we wanted to give you a proper low down on how we’ve put together this brand-new version of The Beggar’s Opera and what you can expect if you come and see it! So how long is it? And is it all sung? The first half of the evening is...
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Welcome to London’s underworld in the 18th century. To quote Star Wars’ Obi Wan Kenobi on the subject of Mos Eisley spaceport. “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” The world of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, and of Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage,...
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With less than a month to go until the world premiere of our new SmallStages tour, Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage, we caught up with Artistic Director Richard Studer, who created the production and shared his thoughts about the inspiration for this radical reworking of John Gay’s 1728 original. “Our Polly is a...
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John Gay’s ballade opera The Beggar’s Opera was first performed at the Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre in London in 1728 and ran for around 60 performances. The ‘ballade opera’ was a highly popular genre – a satirical musical play with songs created from well-known tunes of the day, from folksong to opera to church music....
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