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Beggar's Opera, The

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishBeggar's Opera, TheThe Beggar's OperaˌBeggar's ˈOpera, The  a funny opera by John Gay, first produced in 1728. It tells the story of a thief called Macheath, who is sent to Newgate prison, where he meets a woman called Lucy and makes his wife Polly jealous. A modern opera called the threepenny opera, by Bertolt Brecht, is based on this.
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