The wonderful Out of Joint has just embarked on a UK tour of its 're-imagined' version of John Gay's The Beggar’s Opera: a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company. Called The Convict’s Opera, it keeps the 18th-century underworld setting, though moves it to a convict ship where inmates are ordered to stage a show. Georgian hits such as Over the Hills and Far Away are replaced with modern classics like Sailing and You’re So Vain. I saw Out of Joint's 2002 double-bill of She Stoops to Conquer and April De Angelis's A Laughing Matter, and if it's anywhere near as good as those, it should be a riot. The tour dates are here.
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