The Beggar's Opera (Jeffries/Knight)
by John Gay, Charles Jeffries, Jerry Knight
Short Play, Comedy / 8m, 7f
A ragtag company of beggars in Victorian London tell the bitter tale of the predatory outlaw known as Macheath. He secretly marries the daughter of an underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison.
A ragtag company of beggars in Victorian London tell the bitter tale of the predatory outlaw known as Macheath. He secretly marries the daughter of an underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief's daughter, he is again betrayed -- this time by a prostitute -- and sentenced to death. In a witty epilogue, the actors protest this unhappy ending and as an alternative finale, the players set Macheath free and into the hands of his many angry wives. "So think of this maxim, and put off your sorrow: the wretch of today may be happy tomorrow!" This is a perfect showcase for directors and actors alike and has done exceedingly well in competitions.
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
- Time Period: Not Applicable
- Duration: 40 minutes
An open stage with misc. props.
- Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat
- Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes
- Ensemble cast
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Room for Extras
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
It is a "company of players"....it has been done by all female...and all male....
The Beggar's Opera was originally produced by MacArthur High School in San Antonio, Texas.