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Beggars and betrayers: the best theatre in August 2018

John Gay, Arthur Miller and Shakespeare lead the season


The Beggar’s Opera

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 16th to 19th August

This year’s Edinburgh International Festival has a residency of the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris: Robert Carsen’s production of The Beggar’s Opera (1728) by John Gay, with musical arrangements of Purcell, Handel and folk tunes (“Green Sleeves,” “Over the hills and far away”) by Johan Christian Pepusch, the first long-runner in musical theatre stage history, is buttressed by new work from directors Peter Brook…

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