Wednesday 2 - Saturday 12 December 2015


Wednesday 2 - Saturday 12 December


7.30pm (all dates)
2.30pm (Sat 5, Wed 9 & Sat 12 Dec only)


£12 - £25

Running time

2hrs 30mins (including interval)


Theatre & Performance


Assembly Hall

Age guidance



The ever inventive Kneehigh return with their blazing new show. Fasten your seat belts; it’s going to be one hell of a night!

Mayor Goodman has been assassinated. Contract killer Macheath has just married Pretty Polly Peachum and Mr and Mrs Peachum aren't happy. Not one bit. Based on the Beggar's Opera, John Gay's classic musical satire, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is busting with wit, wonder and weirdness. An extraordinary Kneehigh cast of actor musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale of our turns SHOCKING, HILARIOUS, HEARTFELT and ABSURD!

Echoing Gay's original, the live score plunders the sounds of our times. Trip hop combines with folk, Renaissance polyphony with psychedelia, ska with grime and dubstep to create a gorgeous and powerful musical mix.

What the HELL is the world coming to?
This is now, this is it
The world is poor and man's a shit
The game is rigged, nothing's truer
Death's a joke and life’s a sewer!

Written by Carl Grose
Music by Charles Hazlewood
Directed by Mike Shepherd

The Times
The Stage
The Guardian

"A riot!... Would I go and see this again? Like a shot!"

"fiendishly clever...a constant barrage of visual, theatrical and musical surprises"

"Madcap mastery and jukebox hijinks...Bright, bold and timeless"


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