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The Beggar's Opera [videorecording]: Die Bettleroper = L'Opéra du Gueux = la Ópera de los Medigos

[libretto] by John Gay ; music [selected by J.C. Pepusch], arranged by Jeremy Barlow and John Eliot Gardiner ; a BBC-TV production in association with RM Arts ; produced and directed by Jonathan Miller
Video; DVD
A ballad opera set among London's 18th century criminal classes, full of satirical jibes about corruption in high places. Created specially for television, this Beggar's Opera captures the characters of London low-life thrived on thieving, lechery and deceit. The music for this production has been arranged from the eighteenth-century folksongs of the original (selected by Johann Christoph Pepusch) by baroque specialists Jeremy Barlow and John Eliot Gardiner, who conducts The English Baroque Soloists, performing on authentic period instruments.
Jonathan Miller
Roger Daltrey (MacHeath) ; Bob Hoskins (Beggar) ; Stratford Johns (Peachum) ; Patricia Routledge (Mrs. Peachum) ; Carol Hall (Polly Peachum) ; Peter Bayliss (Lockit) ; Rosemary Ashe (Lucy Lockit) ; Graham Crowden (The player) ; Gary Tibbs (Filch) ; English Baroque Soloists ; John Eliot Gardiner, musical director and conductor.
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Run Time
135 min.
Sung in English with optional subtitles in English, German, French, and Spanish
  • A ballad opera in 3 acts.
  • This DVD will not play in standard region 1 (U.S.) DVD players.
  • Booklet (36 p. ; ill.) with program notes in English, synopsis and historical notes in English, French, German inserted in container.
Variant Title
Opéra du gueux
Ópera de los medigos
Related Title
Beggar's opera.
Senior cameraman, Ron Green ; videotape editor, Dennis Collett ; choreography, Sally Gilpin.
Leipzig : Arthaus Musik, 2005.
Recording Info
Originally produced as a television program in 1983.
Publisher no.
102 001 Arthaus Musik
1 videodisc (135 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD-9; NTSC, region code 2-8; aspect ratio 4:3; PCM stereo sound format.
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