The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger
© Patrick Berger
3 > 7 October 2018
Opéra des Nations

The Beggar's Opera

Ballad opera by John Gay and Johann Christoph Pepusch
New version by Ian Burton and Robert Carsen.
Stage director Robert Carsen
Musical conception William Christie

In English with French surtitles
Duration : approx. 1h50 without intermission
Bars are open 1h before the show and after the performance

Almost 300 years ahead of a genre, which had a large following – and still does today – John Gay wrote the first musical comedy in 1728. He selected the best-known tunes from existing songs and put them into a satirical story, which took place among the dregs of London society – surrounded by thieves, pimps and prostitutes. This cynical world was governed by greed, crime and social injustice. It would seem that nothing has changed since this work was written, a ballad opera, a theatre drama interspersed with popular tunes and clever songs. The themes presented in this work are still relevant today and continue to haunt the cinema and television – not to mention our daily life. Are not capitalist corruption and greed simply necessary and inevitable evils? Come and discover, or rediscover, a work, which enjoyed a tremendous success, when it was first performed and which has generated a number of theatrical and cinematographic adaptations. This is a new chance to get to know Robert Carsen and William Christie once again, as they continue their long and fruitful collaboration.

Stage director Robert Carsen
Musical conception William Christie
Set designer James Brandily
Costumes designer Petra Reinhardt
Choreographer Rebecca Howell
Lighting designers Robert Carsen & Peter Van Praet
Dramaturgy Ian Burton
Associate director Christophe Gayral
Assistant director Stéphane Ghislain Roussel
Make-up/Wigs designer Marie Bureau du Colombier
Sound designer Léonard Françon
Casting director David Grindrod CDG
Surtitles Richard Neel
Costumes inter Jana Höreth
Intern set design Ava Rastegar
Mr Peachum Robert Burt
Mrs Peachum / Diana Trapes Beverley Klein
Polly Peachum Kate Batter
Macheath Benjamin Purkiss
Lockit Kraig Thornber
Lucy Lockit Olivia Brereton
Jenny Diver Lyndsey Gardiner
Filch / Manuel Sean Lopeman
Matt Gavin Wilkinson
Jack / Prison Guard Taite-Elliot Drew
Robin Wayne Fitzsimmons
Harry Dominic Owen
Molly Natasha Leaver
Betty Emily Dunn
Suky Louise Dalton
Dolly Jocelyn Prah
And the musicians of the ensemble Les Arts Florissants
Direction and harpsichord William Christie
Musical researches Anna Besson et Sébastien Marq
Music score edition Pascal Duc (les Arts Florissants)

Conference about the work


Oct 2018
Wednesday 3 |  7:30 pm
Thursday 4 |  7:30 pm
Friday 5 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 6 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 7 |  3 pm

Performances take place at the Opéra des Nations.