Given that only the outlines of the tunes survive, it is a work that is ripe for reinvention by each successive age.
An ultra-modern setting and dialogue are paired with historical performance authenticity in which an attempt is made at some kind of faithful reimagining of the lost musical score. The result is cheerfully anachronistic. In the age of the Panama Papers , who really cares about a little low-level bribery and corruption?
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The Beggar's Opera and Polly
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