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The Beggar's Opera


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by John Gay.
(Musical version by Frederic Austin)
Kenneth Ellis's presentation adapted and produced for television by Philip Bate.
Chorus of members of Macheath's Gang
The Orchestra (leader, David McCallum), conducted by Lionel Salter
(Constance Stocker appears by permission of A. Stewart Cruickshank)
(Repeat performance)
(to 16.30)


Writer: John Gay
Musical version: Frederic Austin
Adapter/producer: Philip Bate
Orchestra leader: David McCallum
Conductor: Lionel Salter
Settings: James Bould
The beggar: Hedley Goodall
The player (afterwards Filch): Jan van Der Gucht
Peachum: Kenneth Ellis
Mrs. Peachum: Phyllida Garth
Polly Peachum: Nina Barbone
Captain Macheath: Fabian Smith
Lockit: Joseph Farrington
Lucy Lockit: Constance Stocker
Diana Trapes: Molly Gilmour
Jenny Diver: Zoe Comer
Drawer/Turnkey/Jack Ketch: Dudley Freeman
Ladies of the Town - Mrs. Vixen: Jenny Bradley
Ladies of the Town - Mrs. Slamekin: Stella Harker
Ladies of the Town - Suky Tawdry: Julia McKeegan
Ladies of the Town - Dolly Trull: Beatrice Radley
Ladies of the Town - Molly Brazen: Molly Gilmour
Ladies of the Town - Mrs. Coaxer: Vera Churchill
Ladies of the Town - Betty Doxy: Rosalie Seddon

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