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Other adaptations include a film made in 1953 by Peter Brook and starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier (it was the only musical he made during his movie career, but the man himself considered it an OldShame, though); ''Speakeasy'', a 1998 Creator/TakarazukaRevue production; ''The Villains' Opera'', a 2000 National Theatre production with a SettingUpdate to modern times; and ''The Convict's Opera'', a 2008 Australian ballad musical about a group of convicts putting on a production of ''The Beggar's Opera'' (which is included, somewhat abridged, as a ShowWithinAShow).

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Other adaptations include a film made in 1953 by Peter Brook and starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier (it was the only musical he made during his movie career, but the man himself he considered it an OldShame, though); ''Speakeasy'', a 1998 Creator/TakarazukaRevue production; ''The Villains' Opera'', a 2000 National Theatre production with a SettingUpdate to modern times; and ''The Convict's Opera'', a 2008 Australian ballad musical about a group of convicts putting on a production of ''The Beggar's Opera'' (which is included, somewhat abridged, as a ShowWithinAShow).


Other adaptations include a film made in 1953 by Peter Brook and starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier (it was the only musical he made during his movie career); ''Speakeasy'', a 1998 Creator/TakarazukaRevue production; ''The Villains' Opera'', a 2000 National Theatre production with a SettingUpdate to modern times; and ''The Convict's Opera'', a 2008 Australian ballad musical about a group of convicts putting on a production of ''The Beggar's Opera'' (which is included, somewhat abridged, as a ShowWithinAShow).

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Other adaptations include a film made in 1953 by Peter Brook and starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier (it was the only musical he made during his movie career); career, but the man himself considered it an OldShame, though); ''Speakeasy'', a 1998 Creator/TakarazukaRevue production; ''The Villains' Opera'', a 2000 National Theatre production with a SettingUpdate to modern times; and ''The Convict's Opera'', a 2008 Australian ballad musical about a group of convicts putting on a production of ''The Beggar's Opera'' (which is included, somewhat abridged, as a ShowWithinAShow).


Other adaptations include ''Speakeasy'', a 1998 Creator/TakarazukaRevue production; ''The Villains' Opera'', a 2000 National Theatre production with a SettingUpdate to modern times; and ''The Convict's Opera'', a 2008 Australian ballad musical about a group of convicts putting on a production of ''The Beggar's Opera'' (which is included, somewhat abridged, as a ShowWithinAShow).

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Other adaptations include a film made in 1953 by Peter Brook and starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier (it was the only musical he made during his movie career); ''Speakeasy'', a 1998 Creator/TakarazukaRevue production; ''The Villains' Opera'', a 2000 National Theatre production with a SettingUpdate to modern times; and ''The Convict's Opera'', a 2008 Australian ballad musical about a group of convicts putting on a production of ''The Beggar's Opera'' (which is included, somewhat abridged, as a ShowWithinAShow).

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* PublicExecution: At the end of the opera, Macheath now finds that four more pregnant women each claim him as their husband. He declares that he is ready to be hanged. The narrator (the Beggar), notes that although in a properly moral ending Macheath and the other villains would be hanged, the audience demands a happy ending, and so Macheath is reprieved, and all are invited to a dance of celebration, to celebrate his wedding to Polly. Some stagings, however, have the Beggar making his pronouncement about the need for a happy ending and totally failing to notice Macheath actually being hanged in the background.


Other adaptations include ''Speakeasy'', a 1998 {{Takarazuka}} production; ''The Villains' Opera'', a 2000 National Theatre production with a SettingUpdate to modern times; and ''The Convict's Opera'', a 2008 Australian ballad musical about a group of convicts putting on a production of ''The Beggar's Opera'' (which is included, somewhat abridged, as a ShowWithinAShow).

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Other adaptations include ''Speakeasy'', a 1998 {{Takarazuka}} Creator/TakarazukaRevue production; ''The Villains' Opera'', a 2000 National Theatre production with a SettingUpdate to modern times; and ''The Convict's Opera'', a 2008 Australian ballad musical about a group of convicts putting on a production of ''The Beggar's Opera'' (which is included, somewhat abridged, as a ShowWithinAShow).

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* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Peachum is obviously based on corrupt police officer Jonathan Wild, and Macheath is based on Jack Sheppard, a repeat prison-escapee who had made a kind of "lovable rogue" reputation for himself. Peachum mentions an accomplice of his, Bob Booty, who went to prison- this is a reference to crooked politician Robert Walpole.

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* JukeboxMusical: In spirit, at least. Before there were recordings, there were folk songs, which the opera uses in place of specially written music.

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* TheHedonist: "Fill Every Glass," "Youth's the Season Made for Joys," and even Mrs. Trapes' song:
-->The Life of all Mortals in Kissing should pass,
-->Fa la la la, fa la la la la la la,
-->The Life of all Mortals in Kissing should pass;
-->Lip to Lip while you're young, then your Lip to the Glass.


** Filch: A young thief.

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** Filch: A young thief. Not to mention Nimming Ned, Bob Booty, etc.


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* WardensAreEvil: Mr. Lockit.


* {{Casanova}}: Macheath. He loves women, he says at one point, but expecting him to be happy with one is like expecting a man who loves money to be happy with one coin.

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* {{Casanova}}: TheCasanova: Macheath. He loves women, he says at one point, but expecting him to be happy with one is like expecting a man who loves money to be happy with one coin.


''The Beggar's Opera'' was a massive success for its author, for its stars, and for the producer, John Rich; it was famously said that it made Gay rich and Rich [[HaveAGayOldTime gay]]. It inspired many imitations and adaptations, most famous nowadays being the German musical ''TheThreepennyOpera'', which debuted in 1928, ''The Beggar's Opera''[='=]s bicentennial year.

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''The Beggar's Opera'' was a massive success for its author, for its stars, and for the producer, John Rich; it was famously said that it made Gay rich and Rich [[HaveAGayOldTime gay]]. It inspired many imitations and adaptations, most famous nowadays being the German musical ''TheThreepennyOpera'', ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'', which debuted in 1928, ''The Beggar's Opera''[='=]s bicentennial year.

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Other adaptations include ''Speakeasy'', a 1998 {{Takarazuka}} production; ''The Villains' Opera'', a 2000 National Theatre production with a SettingUpdate to modern times; and ''The Convict's Opera'', a 2008 Australian ballad musical about a group of convicts putting on a production of ''The Beggar's Opera'' (which is included, somewhat abridged, as a ShowWithinAShow).

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