The Beggar’s Opera, Linbury Theatre, London

By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 22 January 2009]

If ever there was a time for the son of John Gay to arise, this is it. His successor would surely revel in the era of the credit crunch and turn out a 21st-century hit to match The Beggar’s Opera in its caricaturing of the prime minister of the day and lampooning of greed and corruption.