John Gay

Beggar’s Opera. Concert for 21 actors.

Translated by: Włodzimierz Nurkowski, Rafał Dziwisz
Direction: joint
Set: Anna Sekuła
Management and music arrangement: Piotr Salaber
Choreography: Zbigniew Szymczyk

The performance was staged with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
“Beggar’s Opera” is a work described as a masterpiece, which significantly influenced the creation of the musical. It was first staged with the music of Johann Pepush in 1728. Gay replaced opera arias with street songs and characters derived from the higher spheres – with beggars, prostitutes and thieves. The main character – Macheath, bandit and admirer of women, secretly marries Polly Peachun – the daughter of chief of petty thieves.Thus he comes into conflict with Peachun, who by all means tries to get rid of him. Father devises a plan to give unwanted and inconvenient in-law in the hands of the police. With the help of friendly prostitutes, he manages to place the bandit in the prison cell. He does not know, however, that Macheath’s ex-woman is Lucy Lockit, the daughter of the head of the prison.

Starring: Małgorzata Abramowicz, Małgorzata Chojnowska-Wiśniewska, Maria Kierzkowska, Karina Krzywicka, Anna Magalska-Milczarczyk, Matylda Podfilipska, Anna Romanowicz-Kozanecka, Mirosława Sobik, Jolanta Teska, Agnieszka Wawrzkiewicz, Ryszard Balcerek, Dariusz Bereski, Jarosław Felczykowski, Filip Frątczak, Radosław Garncarek, Paweł Kowalski, Marek Milczarczyk, Tomasz Mycan, Niko Niakas, Michał Marek Ubysz, Grzegorz Wiśniewski.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (without a break)