Claud Lovat Fraser's set design for The Beggar's Opera

Claud Lovat Fraser's set design for The Beggar's Opera

This design by Claud Lovat Fraser was made for a revival of the 18th-century hit The Beggar’s Opera staged at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in 1920. Fraser had only produced designs for one large scale production before, but The Beggar’s Opera with its bright colours and stylised scenery immediately won him fame as a designer. The huge success of the production meant that the actors wearing Fraser’s costumes were in numerous magazines, songsheets and souvenir booklets over the next few months. Tragically, Fraser died in 1921 aged 31, before The Beggar’s Opera had even finished its run.