Threepenny Opera Study Guides

  • The Threepenny Opera

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    Based on The Beggar's Opera, The Threepenny Opera, a comedic musical, offers a critique of the capitalist system. Macheath, a well-known criminal, marries Polly Peachum, whose father is in charge of the beggars of London. Peachum isn't happy with the marriage and attempts to have Macheath arrested and executed. The musical explores the conflict between classes, with Peachum's team of beggars gaming the system to get money from the more well-off and Macheath dreaming of a bourgeois life, although he's a criminal.