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LIVE: MID WALES OPERA: Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage

Sat, 23rd November, 2019 @ 19:30pm - 21:30pm


Mrs Peechum

PLEASE NOTE: The tickets are sold through Shropshire Music Trust’s Ticket Source there is a booking fee.

We are thrilled to be hosting Mid Wales Opera at Sparc for the second year in collaboration with Shropshire Music Trust.

“The Wench is married! Do you think your father and I should have liv’d comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? Can you support the expense of a husband, in gaming, drinking and whoring? Have you money enough to carry on the daily quarrels of man and wife about who shall squander most? If you must be married, could you introduce no body into our family but a highwayman?”

After last year’s sellout triumph of A Spanish Hour, MWO’s SmallStages team romps back onto stage with a radical reworking of John Gay’s 1728 ballad opera ‘The Beggar’s Opera’. Join Mrs Peachum, her daughter Polly and The Beggar in their bawdy, ballsy take on relationships and the relative virtues of virginity.


Horrified to learn of Polly’s illicit marriage to an errant highwayman, Mrs P contrives to get the rascal hanged so Polly can claim the reward. Loyalty and love are put to the test as murder, rage and fury drive this rumbustious tragicomedy towards its conclusion. Will things really be left so unhappily and will Polly remain true to her man and abandon her mother to the lure of London Gin?


MWO are delighted to premiere this new one act opera, adapted by Richard Studer, in a new musical version by Jonathan Lyness, accompanied by MWO’s SmallStages Ensemble of four musicians and with a cast of three singers including the brilliant Northern Irish mezzo Carolyn Dobbin in the title role (Madame Popova, The Bear, SmallStages 2017) and Welsh soprano Alys Mererid Roberts as her feckless daughter Polly.


As with John Gay’s original ballad opera, the score is bursting with melodies both familiar and new, from Lillibolero to Greensleeves. MWO’s restoration comedy is filled with as many musical twists as there are in the plot. Though our trio of characters may live in the gutter, musically they are looking to the stars…


After the interval join the team for a medley of delights exploring love and marriage in all its forms – a curtain raiser for our Spring 2020 MainStage tour of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love and Marriage – What’s it all about?


Mrs Peachum – Carolyn Dobbin

Polly Peachum – Alys Mererid Roberts

Filch/Beggar is Johnny Herford




MWO’s SmallStages brings live opera to the heart of communities across Wales and the Borders, touring to theatres, village halls and community venues.




Sat, 23rd November, 2019
19:30pm - 21:30pm
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Sparc Theatre
Brampton Rd
Bishops Castle, SY9 5AQ
01588 638321


Liz Still