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The Beggar's Opera
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Some of these ballad operas included: Finally, he makes fun of the often-disliked Italian divas. The success of the opera was accompanied by a public desire for keepsakes and mementos, ranging from images of Polly on fans and clothing, playing cards and fire-screens, broadsides featuring all the characters, and the rapidly published musical score of the opera. The play is sometimes seen to be a reactionary call for libertarian values in response to the growing power of the conservative Whig party. This created a greater need for theaters and contributed to the increasing use of the theater in the Haymarket, the use of the Goodman's Fields Theatre, and the building of Covent Garden in