Edinburgh International Festival - The Beggar's Opera Reviews
8 July 2020

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The Beggar's Opera

Edinburgh International Festival

No. of reviews: 11

Robert Carsen encuentra el equilibrio en Edimburgo
29 Aug 18 / Opera World (Spanish)
A Beggar’s Opera that beggars belief in Edinburgh
23 Aug 18 / The Spectator
Baroque meets jukebox musical in a wryly topical Beggar’s Opera at EIF
21 Aug 18 / Bachtrack
Kaleidoscopically multi-layered, with cultural references that effortlessly span over three centuries
19 Aug 18 / The Herald
The production harbours a brilliance which is untameable but definitely refreshing
19 Aug 18 / The Edinburgh Reporter
No matter how many lines of coke are snorted or expletives spat out, there’s no real sting in this Beggar for the Brexit era
18 Aug 18 / The Times
Seriously out of touch
18 Aug 18 / The Stage
The original jukebox musical reimagined
18 Aug 18 / The Guardian
A scabrous, virulent, gleefully profane production
18 Aug 18 / Telegraph
A high-energy show
17 Aug 18 / The Opera Critic
Catch The Beggar’s Opera at the EIF if you can
17 Aug 18 / Seen and Heard
A Beggar's Opera for our times
John Gay’s 18th century satire is a work whose essential remit is to confront the uncomfortable. How is Robert Carsen’s take dealing with the homeless crisis, Brexit and the #metoo movement?
Interview: Robert Carsen
Almost three centuries on from its creation, The Beggar’s Opera is still as relevant, meaningful and adaptable as ever.
Production details
Batter, Brereton, Burt, Dunn, Fitszimmons, Klein, Leaver, Nelson, Owen, Prah, Purkiss, Thornber, Wilkinson
(c) Christie (d) Carsen
Performance dates
16, 17, 18, 19 August 2018
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