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The Beggar's Opera

From 11th to 13th of January 2019
1h50 without intermission

Cast

Robert Carsen Director
William Christie Musical design and musical conductor

James Brandily Scenography
Petra Reinhardt Costumes
Rebecca Howell Choregraphy
Robert Carsen et Peter van Praet Lights
Ian Burton Dramaturgy
David Grindrod Casting director
Christophe Gayral Joint director
Stéphane Ghislain Roussel Assistant director

Robert Burt Mr. Peachum
Beverley Klein Mrs. Peachum / Diana Trapes
Kate Batter Polly Peachum
Benjamin Purkiss Macheath
Kraig Thornber Lockit
Olivia Brereton Lucy Lockit
Lyndsey Gardiner Jenny Diver
Sean Lopeman Filch
Gavin Wilkinson Matt
Taite-Elliot Drew Jack
Wayne Fitzsimmons Robin
Dominic Owen Harry
Natasha Leaver Molly

Emily Dunn Betty
Louise Dalton Suky
Jocelyn Prah Dolly

Les Arts Florissants
William Christie Conductor and Harpsichord

Anna Besson et Sébastien Marq Musical research

Presentation

NEW PRODUCTION

"Written by John Gay in 1728, The Beggar’s Opera, created around existing songs, is generally considered as the first musical comedy, almost three hundred years before the fashion for the genre. John Gay picked out some of the most famous tunes of his time, both popular and classic and integrated them into a fierce satire, taking place among London’s thieves, pimps and prostitutes.

Since its very first performance in 1728, the play has been a great success and has since been adapted for the theatre, the musical stage and the cinema. It explores a cynical world where capitalistic greed, crime and social injustice are the norm. All, whether politicians or civil servants, are corrupt by definition, with no remedy but to take part to try to stand a chance.

Rings a bell? Nothing has really changed since The Beggar’s opera’s creation and its themes still haunt today’s cinema and television. For this new production, we will try to revive the transgressive atmosphere and the unrelenting energy of the original performance. One of Gay’s characters say at the beginning of act 3: “Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbor, and yet we herd together.”

- Robert Carsen -

Production: C.I.C.T. – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.
Coproduction: Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles ; Les Arts Florissants avec le soutien de CA-CIB; Angers Nantes Opéra ; Opéra de Rennes ; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg ; Grand Théâtre de Genève ; Théâtre de Caen ; Edinburgh International Festival.
Festival di Spoleto ; Centre Lyrique Clermont-Auvergne ; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège ; Opéra de Reims / La Comédie de Reims CDN ; Teatro Coccia, Novara ; Teatro Verdi, Pisa ; Attiki cultural Society / Athènes.
Cercle des partenaires des Bouffes du Nord.
With the support of Fondation KT Wong.
Stage sets building: Ateliers d’Angers Nantes Opéra.
Musical edition: Pascal Duc (Les Arts Florissants).

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PROGRAMME

John Gay (1685-1732) - Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667-1752)
The Beggar’s Opera
Ballad opera, in a new version by Ian Burton and Robert Carsen.

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The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger

The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger

The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger

The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger

The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger

The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger

The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger

The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger

The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger

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Prices

Catégorie 3

38€ to 45€
Web Carte CVS
38€
Web Tarif -26 ans
38€
Web Tarif Plein
45€

Catégorie 2

55€ to 65€
Web Carte CVS
55€
Web Tarif -26 ans
55€
Web Tarif Plein
65€

Catégorie 1

72€ to 85€
Web Carte CVS
72€
Web Tarif -26 ans
72€
Web Tarif Plein
85€

Prestige

105€ to 120€
Web Carte CVS
105€
Web Tarif -26 ans
105€
Web Tarif Plein
120€

Prestige VIP

140€
Web Tarif Plein
140€

PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

Boxes 13 and 14 (Corbeille, Balcon Royal and Colonnade): depending on the show and the setting, seats may have limited visibility on ranks 2, 3 and 4.

To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.

REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).

Holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport: reduced rate applicable to reservation by telephone only at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability). 
→ Detailed conditions on the Chateau de Versailles website

In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 40 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 to 6 pm).

Practical information

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