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Gay, John

Polly (1729)

Duration: 105 minutes
Ballad Opera after the version of Johann Christoph Pepusch and John Gay, revised and edited by Clifford Bax and Frederic Austin (1922)

Text by John Gay (E)

Scoring
Major roles: S,3M,T,Bar; 24 minor roles; chorus; 1.1.1.1-tpt-perc:TD/SD-clavicembalo(hpd)-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
6/19/1777
Haymarket Theatre, London
Company: unknown



World premiere of version
12/30/1922
Kingsway Theatre, London
Nigel Playfair, director
Conductor: Eugene Goossens

Roles

POLLY PEACHUMSoprano
MORANO (CAPTAIN MACHEATH)Baritone
JENNY DIVERMezzo Soprano
MRS TRAPESMezzo Soprano
MR DUCATTenor
MRS DUCATMezzo Soprano
VANDERBLUFF, pirateBass
LAGUERRE, piratespeaking role
CULVERIN, piratespeaking role
HACKER, piratespeaking role
CAPSTAN, piratespeaking role
CUTLACE, piratespeaking role
OTHER PIRATESChorus (tenors and basses)
POHETOHEEspeaking role
CAWWAWKEEspeaking role
FIRST FOOTMANTenor
SECOND FOOTMANBass
WOMEN OF THE TOWNChorus (sopranos and altos)
TWO SLAVESspeaking roles


Time and Place
On an island in the West Indies, early eighteenth century


Synopsis

The coffee planter Ducat is persuaded by Mrs Trapes to acquire one of her young ladies as a servant for his wife. Mrs Ducat, however, suspects her husband may have other employment in mind for the girl – who turns out to be Polly Peachum – and provides her with men's clothing in which to make her escape. Meanwhile Ducat and the island's native inhabitants join forces to repel the lawless pirates, led by Morano – who turns out to be Macheath in disguise. The pirates prove to be no match for the noble Indians, however, and Polly's disguise as a young gallant is eventually seen through. Finally she and Macheath are reunited, while Mrs Trapes and her girls are partnered off with the remaining pirates.


Moods
Comic


Subjects
History, Relationships, Society, Literary





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