The Villains' Opera

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DOI: 10.5040/9780571293186.00000004
Acts: 2. Scenes: 19. Roles: Male (20) , Female (15) , Neutral (0)

Under the cover of his South London pub, Peachum plies a successful trade in small-time scams. But his world is shattered when the charismatic villain, Macheath, not only plans to marry his daughter, Polly, but to move into dangerous levels of criminal activity.

In Nick Dear's contemporary version of Gay's The Beggars' Opera, we are shown a modern London teeming with petty thieves, gangland hoods, corrupt politicians and bent coppers.

The Villans' Opera premiered at the National Theatre, London, in April 2000.

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Faber and Faber

Nick Dear

ISBN: 9780571205097

Series: Faber Drama

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