Cast announced for The Beggar's Opera at Open Air

Casting has been announced for The Beggar's Opera, a comedy by John Gay, which opens at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, 28 June 2011, following previews from 23 June - running to 23 July 2011.

Phil Daniels will play the role of Mr Lockit. He is best known as Kevin Wicks in Eastenders, Jimmy in Quadrophenia and narrating tracks on Blur’s Parklife album. Cast also includes David Caves (Macheath), Beverly Rudd (Lucy Lockit), Tim Frances (Mr Peachum - UPDATE JUNE 2011, will now be played by Jasper Britton), Janet Fullerlove (Mrs Peachum ), Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Polly Peachum), Akiya Henry (Suky Tawdry), Lucie Skeaping (Jenny Diver), Karen Anderson (Mrs Traipes’ Assistant), Jack Bannell (Ben Budge), Keith Dunphy (Matt of the Mint), Oliver Hoare (Filch), Rob McNeil (Gang), Fernanda Prata (Woman of the Town), Vinicius Salles (Gang), Frank Scantori (Jailer/Mrs Traipes).

It is directed by Lucy Bailey, designed by William Dudley, movement by Punchdrunk’s Maxine Doyle

Highwayman Macheath’s love of wine, women and song has hilarious consequences, but as the play unfolds his tangled web of lies and deceit unravels as his lovers get revenge. Set beneath the gallows of rural Tyburn, at the far end of Oxford Street, this comically corrupt satire, is packed full of lewd songs and low ballads recreated from the original pastoral score and played on authentic instruments by'The City Waits', led by Roddy and Lucie Skeaping.

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