The Beggars Opera
By John Gay
Spotlight Theatre Company
John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, first performed in 1728, was performed more times than any play in history at that time. It tells the tale of thief-takers, highway men and prostitutes in grimy eighteenth-century London. Love blossoms in the heart of Miss Polly Peachum, but her parents are more willing to receive the payment for hanging their daughter's beloved highwayman, Macheath, than to see her happily married. Macheath's weakness for women lurks around the corner to provide more troubles for pretty Polly and deep in the heart of Newgate prison waits Lucy, another would-be wife for Macheath. John Gay's satire of the Italian opera strikes hard at the corruption that consumes this society and makes it funny with some fantastic characters.
The Spotlight Theatre Society are Worcester University's drama society.