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Beggar's Opera, The: John Gay (1983)
Starring: Rosemary Ashe, Peter Bayliss, Graham Crowden, Roger Daltrey, Carol Hall, Bob Hoskins, Stratford Johns, Patricia Routledge, Gary Tibbs
Director: Jonathan Miller
Category: Music, Special Interest
Studio: Image Ent.
134 mins



Lust, greed and corruption abound in this exuberant piece of popular theater. The Beggar's Opera captures the quality and satiric edge of the Hogarth engravings that influenced John Gay's original version. The fast-paced scenes, scintillating dialogue and inventive music have made this ballad opera an overwhelming success time and again.