Adaptations

Since its first performance in 1728, there has rarely been a year when The Beggar’s Opera has not been performed somewhere in the English-speaking world.  Its popularity has led to and, in turn, been increased by the many adaptations of it, starting in 1928 with Die Diegröschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, in collaboration with Elizabeth Hauptmann.  It has been followed by many other adaptations, including:  The Beggar’s Holliday (1946) by John Latouche, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn; Vaclav Havel, Žebrácká opera (The Beggar’s Opera) (1975); Wole Soyinka, Opera Wonyosi (1977); Dario Fo, L’Opera dello sghignazzo (1981); Alan Ayckbourn, A Chorus of Disapproval (1984); Chico Buarque, Opera Malandro (2003); and Carl Grose and Charles Hazelwood, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (2015).

This section will include descriptions and images of these productions as well as xml texts, copyright permitting.

Brecht/Weill/ Hauptmann, The Three Penny Opera

La Touche and Ellington, Beggar’s Holiday

Havel, The Beggar’s Opera

Soyinka, Opera Wonyosi 

Buarque, Opera do Malandro

Fo, L’Opera dello sghignauo”