Scene 1. A Tavern near Newgate. A IR XX. Scene 3. Scene 4.
The Beggar's Opera Summary
The Beggar’s Opera
At the den of Peachum, a receiver of stolen goods, he and his wife ponder the value of various rogues in their employ before turning their attention to the highwayman Captain Macheath, on whom their daughter Polly dotes. When Mrs Peachum and her husband charge her with having married Macheath she is forced to admit it. They console themselves with the prospect that he is likely to be impeached soon for his activities by them, if no-one else and Polly left a wealthy widow. At a tavern near Newgate Prison, a criminal gang assembles with a view to waylaying a coach on Hampstead Heath. Macheath warns them he must lie low for a while. With the others gone, a bevy of loose women enters to entertain him though, primed by Peachum, they are actually there to betray Macheath, who is handed over to the constables as the act ends.
Plot Summary of "The Beggar's Opera"
Other productions followed and the piece was one of my first professional engagements as a director. Later in my career I have had the privilege to direct the Britten version. Many years ago, while working on the Britten Version it struck me that there may be the potential to consolidate these women. As each of these characters seem to continue to endorse and extemporize on the matrimonial musings of Mrs Peachum in the opening scenes.
Handel, the most prolific and famous composer of the 18th century in England realized that the public favor was changing. Many Englishmen believed that the Italian star singers were overpaid and uncivil, that the language was a frustrating barrier, that the recitative or sung dialogue was artificial, and that the plots were unrealistic. In , the first performance of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera attracted the acclaim and attention of the popular audience in England.