THE BEGGAR’S OPERA A Highwayman’s Tale
Running time: 91 mins approx. No of discs: 1. Colour. Year: 1953. Historical Musical.
Director: Peter Brook. Cast: Laurence Olivier, Hugh Griffith, Dorothy Tutin, Stanley Holloway, Athene Seyler, Daphne Anderson and many more.
Set in 17th century London, a sordid world of bandits, cut-throats and corrupt officials, The Beggar’s Opera follows the escapades of Captain Macheath, a notorious highwayman, and the plot to have him hanged. Starring Laurence Olivier as the swashbuckling protaganist, this darkly comic adaptation of John Gay’s satirical opera remains a ground- breaking representation of music in cinema.