Plays Directory : The Beggar's Opera

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  • Author
    John Gay
  • Written
  • Setting
  • Overview
    It is one of the watershed plays in Augustan drama and is the only example of the once thriving genre of satirical ballad opera to remain popular today.

    The piece satirised Italian opera, which had become popular in London. However, instead of the grand music and themes of opera, it used familiar tunes and characters that were ordinary people.
  • Play
    Download the text for free from Project Gutenberg here: The Beggar's Opera

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Alternative Names

Beggar's Opera, The Beggars Opera, The Beggar's Opera, The Beggers Opera