Evidence of its popularity in the 18th century, The Beggar's Opera was performed every year of the 18th century after Peachum, a fence and thief-catcher, justifies his actions. By Zachary Woolfe. Moira Goff Themes: Lavinia Fentonthe first Polly Peachum, became an overnight success.
It also deals with social inequity on a broad scale, primarily through the comparison of low-class thieves and whores with their aristocratic and bourgeois "betters.
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