The Beggar's Opera

The Beggar’s Opera

A new version by Vanishing Point
A co-production with Vanishing Point

Powerful, Colourful. Urban. Bold

In a society of prostitutes, thieves and beggars, the legendary robber MacHeath finds himself betrayed on every side.

The future’s here. It’s a brave new world, but wherever there’s a world there’s an underworld: muggers, smugglers, prostitutes, thieves. Nobody plays by the rules, least of all MacHeath – bandit, hedonist, superhero to some, villain to others. Among imitators and wannabes, he’s the genuine article. But where he goes, trouble is sure to follow.

MacHeath has married Polly Peachum. But he fancies Lucy Lockit. Lucy Lockit fancies MacHeath, but Polly doesn’t want to share. Mr Peachum wants MacHeath’s head, and so does Mr Lockit. And so does the law.

With so many enemies, it’s hard to tell who your friends are.

John Gay’s 18th century play The Beggar’s Opera has been reconfigured to the not-so distant future. A dark, seedy, absurd, visually rich and cruelly comic co-production featuring new music from Alasdair Macrae and A Band Called Quinn, cutting edge production design and a large cast of leading performers including Sandy Grierson as MacHeath. This promises to be one of the most exciting theatre events of 2009.

This show is recommended for ages 14 and up as it contains scenes of a sexual nature and strong language.

After its run at the Lyceum The Beggar’s Opera will transfer to Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (9–24 October) and Tramway, Glasgow (28–31 October).


Cast and Credits

The cast of The Beggar's Opera

MacHeath - Sandy Grierson
Peachum - James Bryce 
Lockit - Damir Todorovic
Mrs Peachum - Pauline Goldsmith
Elspeth Brodie
Victoria Bavister
Rosalind Sydney
Alasdair Macrae

Ensemble - A Band called Quinn
Louise Quinn
Alistair Cooke
Steven Westwater
Robert Henderson


The creative team of The Beggar's Opera

Director - Matthew Lenton
Set and Lighting Designer - Kai Fisher
Costume Designer - Eve Lambert
Sound Designer - Mark Melville
Composer/MD - Alasdair Macrae
Projection and Video Design - Finn Ross
AV Technician - James Gardner
Dramaturg - Nicola McCartney
Assistant Director - Rosie Kellagher



Our production trailer for The Beggar's Opera

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Dates, Times & Prices

This production has now ended


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