Regent’s Park Open Air theatre turns its hand to John Gay’s original 18th century text of satirical musical play The Beggar’s Opera.

The Beggar’s Opera tells the story of highwayman Macheath’s life of wine, women and song, which has hilarious consequences. But as the play unfolds, his tangled web of lies and deceit unravels and his lovers get revenge.

Set beneath the gallows of rural Tyburn, at the far end of Oxford Street, this comically corrupt satire features lewd songs and low ballads recreated from the original pastoral score and played on traditional instruments.

The Beggar’s Opera is directed by Lucy Bailey, whose productions of Titus Andronicus and Timon Of Athens made an impact in another outdoor theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe.

For more about The Beggar’s Opera at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre read the First Night Feature.

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