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Lazarus Theatre announce the cast of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera

Sherwood Alexander - Photo by Adam Trigg
Sherwood Alexander – Photo by Adam Trigg

Lazarus Theatre Company are proud to announce the final company of Lazarus Season 2016, the company of John Gay’s musical comedy, The Beggar’s Opera.

Lazarus 2016 has (so far) been a fantastic and eclectic season of work, and to have the first musical ever written as our finale is a treat. John Gay’s satirical jab in the eye of society is one full of laughter and bombastic characters. He pulls no punches, and we plan to hold nothing back neither! Our cast is assembled of classical actors, musical theatre specialists, gymnasts and acrobats – it certainly is going to be bonkers!” Commented Lazarus Artistic Director and Director of The Beggar’s Opera, Ricky Dukes.

Making his Lazarus Debut, Sherwood Alexander takes on the mighty role of raucous highwayman, Macheath. “It’s an absolute joy to be playing the role of devilish rogue Macheath. In a script that portrays such beauty through vulgarity and humour, it’s a great project to be a part of. I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into every aspect, be it the setting of the play or characteristics of these bawdy people, it’s going to be a blast!
Sherwood Alexander commenting on his casting as Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera.

Also making their Lazarus Debut, Michaela Bennison takes the role of Polly, Elizabeth Hollingshead the role of Lucy, David Jay Douglas and Natalie Barker take on the roles of Mr and Mrs Peachum respectively. Josie Mills plays the role of Lockit while Louis Rayneau, Alasdair Melrose, Rachel Kelly and Shalana Serafina take on the roles of Filtch, Matt the Mint, Jenny and Mrs Trapes respectively.

Press shot of Sherwood Alexander as Macheath, shot taken by Adam Trigg.

Bawdy, Bonkers and Bizarre…
Polly Peachum longs for her newly-married husband, the roguish highwayman, Macheath. Their whirlwind romance is derailed by her parents, his lover, the law and the noose.

John Gay’s 1728 musical comedy is set deep within London’s underworld, a frantic, dangerous and lascivious world of highwaymen, hangmen and harlots. This uncompromising exposure of moral and financial corruption comes to the stage with an original score and contemporary staging.

The Beggar’s Opera is suitable for audience members of the age of 12 and upwards, contains strong language and scenes of very naughty behaviour.” Lazarus is an award-winning Theatre Company, re-imagining and revitalising classic text for a contemporary audience.

Polly Peachum – Michaela Bennison
Lucy Lockit – Elizabeth Hollingshead
Mr. Peachum – David Jay Douglas
Mrs Peachum – Natalie Barker
Lockit – Josie Mills
Macheath – Sherwood Alexander
Filch – Louis Rayneau
Matt of the Mint – Alasdair Melrose
Jenny – Rachel Kelly
Mrs Trapes – Shalana Serafina

Written by John Gay
Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes
Designed by Sorcha Corcoran
Lighting Design by Stuart Glover
New Lyrics and Music by Bobby Locke
New Music and Sound Design by Chris Drohan
Musical Direction by Sarah Morrison
Production Graphic Designer – Will Beeston

Dates 8th November – 3rd December, Tuesday – Saturday at 7.45pm
The Jack Studio Theatre
The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
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