John Gay's great comic masterpiece is generally agreed to be the first ever musical. Written in 1728, THE BEGGAR'S OPERA is a savagely funny Satire/Political Satire on marriage, money and morals—as relevant and biting today as it was when first written. Beggars and thieves create a world of love, lust, violence, deceit, greed and a little more love.
Peachum, a purveyor of stolen goods, and his rapacious wife, are horrified to find that their only child, Polly, has fallen in love with, and worse still married, Captain Macheath, the famous highwayman. Peachum cannot bear the thought that Macheath should get control of Polly's money and become the heir to his own fortune, so he plots to have Macheath captured and hanged.
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