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BEGGAR'S OPERA (Turner adaptation)

Libretto and Lyrics by John Gay
Music selected by J.C. Pepusch; arranged by Benjamin Pearce Higgins
Adaptation by David Turner

Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK.

Licensing performances

If you wish to apply to perform the work, then please send an email to stating the following information only:

1) Name of school/society

2) Where you are (city/town)

3) What you want to perform (Beggar's Opera - Turner & Higgins adaptation)

4) When you want to perform (if exact dates are not yet known, then please provide the month)

We will then send you an application form by email to complete, along with details of costs involved. Once the form is completed and returned by email, a licence will be emailed to you for signature. Once signed we will be able to send you the music at the date requested on your application form.

Details of hire requirements should be submitted on the application form. We can provide orchestral parts (details below), as well as chorus scores and libretti. Please note that you must use live musicians and the use of a backing track is strictly forbidden.


1 Flute
1 Clarinet
1 Horn
1 Percussion
1 Piano / Celeste
1 Double Bass

Peachum is a receiver of stolen goods. He transacts most of his business with Captain Macheath, a highwayman who is loved by Peachum’s daughter, Polly. Macheath and Polly marry secretly and Peachum is no longer able to use Polly in his business. He gets his revenge, helped by Jenny Diver, Suky Tawdry, and other Ladies of the Town, by informing on Macheath and collecting the reward money. Macheath is imprisoned in Newgate, which is run by the corrupt Lockit, who is in league with Peachum. Lockit’s daughter Lucy becomes infatuated with Macheath and enables him to escape by stealing her father’s keys. Through the inebriated Mrs Diana Trapes, he is recaptured and is only saved from being hanged by the mock intervention of a beggar and a player. After all, it would never do to let such a fine hero die.

Polly Peachum
Lucy Lockit
Mrs Diana Trapes
Jenny Diver

Can Love Be Controlled By Advice? (Polly)
Let Us Take To The Road (Chorus of Highwaymen)
When Gold Is At Hand (Jenny Diver)
At The Tree I Shall Suffer (Macheath)
How Cruel Are The Traitors (Lucy)
How Happy Could I Be With Either (Macheath)
In The Days Of My Youth (Mrs Diana Trapes)
The Charge Is Prepared (Macheath)

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