John Gay, Arthur Miller and Shakespeare lead the seasonby Michael Coveney / July 18, 2018 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
The Beggar’s Opera
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 16th to
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 (who filmed The Beggar’s Opera with Laurence Olivier as Macheath in 1953) and Katie Mitchell. The musical direction is by William Christie, leading his virtuoso ensemble Les Arts Florissants.