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John Gay's bawdy tale of highwayman Macheath and his love of wine, women and lies. Read More >

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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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 23/06/2011

Opening Night: 28/06/2011

Closing Night: 23/07/2011

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


Phil Daniels, Jasper Britton, Karen Anderson, Jack Bannell, David Caves, Keith Dunphy, Janet Fullerlove, Akiya Henry, Oliver Hoare, Rob McNeill, Fernanda Prata, Beverley Rudd, Vinicius Salles, Frank Scantori, Lucie Skeaping, Flora Spencer-Lonhurst


Director - Lucy Bailey

Designer - William Dudley

Lighting Designer - Oliver Fenwick

Author - John Gay

Music By - Roddy Skeaping

About Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom, NW1 4NR

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