The influential critic Dr Robert Braunmüller has laid into the Salzburg Festival over its new production of the Brecht-Weill Threepeny Opera, in which Peachum is made to look and act like Fagin, Charles Dickens’s anti-semitic caricature in Oliver Twist.
The production is by Julian Crouch and Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Robert accuses them of deliberately using anti-semitic images to arouse controversy.
The first-night visuals are certainly disturbing.
Here is my own take on the Fagin debate.