Wed 4 - Sat 21 December 2019


Wednesday 4 - Saturday 21 December


3pm (Thursday)
7.30pm (Monday - Saturday)

Ticket price

£25 (full price); £18 (concessions)
There are 40 Early Bird tickets per performance at £18 each (Wed 4 - Sat 7 Dec only)

Running time

2hrs 30 mins


Theatre & Performance


Assembly Hall

Age guidance




Conceived by Carl Grose, Charles Hazlewood and Mike Shepherd
Created by the Company
Based on the play by Alfred Jarry

We all know King Ubu. That deranged dictator we all love to hate.

Impossibly greedy, unstoppably crude, inexorably daft and hell-bent on making the country great again!

Sound familiar?

Based on Alfred Jarry’s riot-inducing masterpiece, Kneehigh will let rip with their own version of theatre’s most anarchic creations – KING UBU.

Expect world-class buffoonery in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical (surely the first of its kind!). Featuring some of the most iconic anthems of our times, given a fresh rub for their money by a belting Kneehigh band, plus an extraordinary choir of extras – you! – we guarantee this will be a rocking, rollicking riot of ridiculousness that you won't forget.

He’ll rise! He’ll reign! Only together will we make Ubu fall!

"The show simmers delicately on the edge of chaos. This is Kneehigh going back to their roots as exuberant physical performers and it is both joyous and immensely skilful"
★★★★ The Financial Times

“It’s a big joyous buttock squeeze of a show that at a time when humanity appears to be riven from itself brings us back together in riotous laughs, hearty singalongs and even party games (albeit militia-based party games).” ★★★★★ Cornwall Live

"A perfect blend of slapstick, pertinent politics and fist-in-the-air singalong. Rousing, riotous stuff!" Mark Kermode

Please note: Audiences in the stalls will be standing throughout the show and free to wander. A limited number of seating in the stalls is available in advance for those with access needs and their companions.

Audiences in the balcony will be seated throughout the show. Due to the constraints of Shoreditch Town Hall’s Victorian Grade II listed building, the balcony is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

To discuss any access needs, and to purchase tickets, please do contact a member of Shoreditch Town Hall’s team by calling 020 7739 6176 or e-mailing

Additional programming
Accessible performances
Post Show Q&A

There will be a post-show Q&A on Tuesday 17 December

There will be an audio described performance on Wednesday 18 December. Please contact or call 020 7739 6176 to book.

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