Anita's Theatre Thirroul

The official website of Anita's Theatre, a premiere live music and theatre venue, nestled in the beautiful town of Thirroul, close to the major centres of Sydney and Wollongong.

Anita's Theatre is a premier live music and theatre venue for hire, nestled in the beautiful town of Thirroul, close to the major centres of Sydney and Wollongong.

The Beggar's Opera By John Gay

  • Anita's Theatre

Ticket Prices as Below + Booking Fees
All Ages Event
Bar Foyer

Doors open: 1pm
Show starts: 2pm

John Gay’s ‘ The Beggar’s Opera’ took London by storm when it opened on 29 January 1728 and remains one of the most frequently performed English speaking operatic works. ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ has been called ‘one of the most genuinely original works in the history of theatre.’ (Groves Music Dictionary) and paved the way for Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas and our modern music theatre. Gay wrote the ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ to parody the operas being written by his good friend George Frideric Handel, using spoken dialogue and popular folk tunes of the day. After watching a 1920’s revival in London, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill created the internationally successful adaptation, ‘The Threepenny Opera.’

This exciting production, while respecting Gay’s original vision, is presented with new musical arrangements and revised dialogue to provide audiences of all ages with an entertaining night of exceptional music theatre. The show does include words and themes from the 18th century which some may find offensive. The FAMS website provides more information – www.FAMS.org.au.