Lazarus Theatre’s sexually explicit The Beggar’s Opera for Jack Studio theatre

the beggar's opera

John Gay’s bawdy and raucous musical play, The Beggar’s Opera hits the stage next month with a new score and scenes of very naughty sexual behaviour…

Piqued your interest? It is the third production this year for this saucy and satirical romp and I’ve not been disappointed by any of the shows.

Lazarus Theatre is staging its production of Gay’s sexy, shocking musical at South London’s Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley, and it comes with a strictly over 12s only admittance.


Polly Peachum longs for her newly-married husband, the roguish highwayman, Macheath (Sherwood Alexander). Their whirlwind romance is derailed by her parents, his lover, the law and the noose.

John Gay’s 1728 musical comedy is set deep within London’s underbelly, a frantic, dangerous and lascivious world of highwaymen, hangmen and harlots. This uncompromising exposure of moral and financial corruption comes to the stage with an original score and contemporary staging.

The production stars Michaela Bennison, Elizabeth Hollingshead, David Jay Douglas, Natalie Barker, Josie Mills, Sherwood Alexander, Louis Rayneau, Alasdair Melrose, Rachel Kelly and Shalana Serafina.

The Beggar’s Opera marks the return of Lazarus to The Jack Studio after the company’s sell-out production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

A company spokesman said they have an age restriction in place because it “contains strong language and scenes of very naughty sexual behaviour.”

The Beggar’s Opera, adapted and directed by Ricky Dukes runs at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre from November 8-December 3.

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