Beggar’s Opera

A revolutionary new take on one of the modern world’s most classic tales….


Seven Tyrants Theatre proudly remounts


Adapted and Directed by David Newham
Music Composed and Directed by Daniel Deorksen
Choreography by Catherine Burnett
Based on the classic opera by John Gay

March 4 – 14, 2014

The Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver)

Evening Performances: Tuesday – Sunday @ 8 pm.

Preview Performance: Monday, March 3rd @ 8 pm.


Tuesday performances $20

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday $29

Advanced tickets available at TicketsTonight:  |  1-877-840-0457

*Sunday March 9 performance is 2 for 1 at the door

*Students save $5 at the door (with valid Student ID)

About The Production:

Following an exciting premiere last April at Performance Works, Seven Tyrants Theatre proudly remounts our original musical Beggar’s Opera this March at the Jericho Arts Centre.

In David Newham’s exciting adaptation of John Gay’s classic script, the action is jam-packed into ten explosive ‘fantasias’ – each a unique, live theatrical music video – coming together to realize an opera distinctly for the modern age. Newham’s approach celebrates the epic theatre of Bertolt Brecht and the abstract absurdity of Samuel Beckett.

Daniel Deorksen’s original musical score draws boldly on a range of styles, from the sublime tones of classic Jazz to a world of Tom Waits meets Frank Zappa and The Muppets. The music is performed live by Deorksen and violinist Phyllis Ho with the cast of 15 performers on a range of classical and modern instruments. The musical numbers are brought to life by renowned choreographer Catherine Burnett, whose cutting-edge style embraces Jerome Robbins and Pina Bausch with the light-heartedness of a Monty Python sketch.

Beggar’s Opera was nominated for a 2013 Ovation Award for Outstanding Professional Production.

“remarkable leap of faith and talent from the show’s three main creators”


“beautifully realized visual moments…. Newham and Deorksen are onto something here”


The 2014 remount features original cast members Tallulah Winkelman as Polly, Kayla Deorksen as Lucy, Linden Banks as Mr. Peachum, Rob Gillespie as Mrs. Peachum, Gord Myren as Lockit the Warden, Sharon Ong Crandall as Mrs. Coaxer and Brian Knox McGugan as The Cherub, and welcomes new cast members Martha Ansfield-Scrase, Alan Bordeville, Julia Fox, Chris Lam, Keegan Macintosh, Shalyn McFaul, Maxamillian Wallace and Cameron Anderson as Macheath.

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