Our Archive

Opera Archive

The Archive holds a wealth of material about the people, productions and origins of our world-renowned opera house. Come and see curated exhibitions and find out what’s new in the Glyndebourne Archive.

The Beggars Opera, 01 April 1940

The Opera

Venue: Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London

Composer: John Gay

Librettist: John Gay

Conductor: Michael Mudie

Orchestra: London Orchestra


Peachum: Roy Henderson

Lockit: Joseph Farrington

Macheath: John Gielgud

Filch: Bruce Flegg

The Player: Noel Willman

Mrs Peachum: Elsie French

Polly Peachum: Audrey Mildmay

Lucy Lockit: Linda Gray

Diana Trapes: Alys Brough

Jemmy Twitcher: Frederick Bush

Crook-Fingered Jack: Edward Barrs

Wat Dreary: Philip Lewtas

Robin Of Bagshot: Dunstan Hart

Nimming Ned: Michael Stoller

Harry Padington: Peter Land

Mat Of The Mint: Maldwyn Thomas

Ben Budge: George Israel

Mrs Coaxer: Rita Mackay

Dolly Troll: Brenda Clether

Mrs Vixen: Peggy Hale

Betty Doxy: Mae Craven

Jenny Diver: Ruby Gilchrist

Mrs Slammekin: Anne Crecy

Suky Tawdry: Gwen Bateman

Molly Brazen: Rosamund Dalton

Drawer: Appleton Moore

Turnkey: Frederick Bush

Maid In The Tavern: Rosemary Michael

The Beggar: Frank Napier

Production Team

Original Producer: John Gielgud

Set Designer: Motley

Costume Designer: Motley

Lighting Designer: Hamish Wilson

Choreographer: Suria Magito