Wednesday 6 - Saturday 23 December 2017


Wednesday 6 - Saturday 23 December


7.30pm (all dates)
2.30pm (Thu 7, Sat 9, Wed 13, Sat 16, Wed 20 & Sat 23 Dec)


£12 - £28

Running time

2hrs 24mins (including interval)


Theatre & Performance


Assembly Hall

Age guidance



“I am light! I am life!
I gotta brain like a bomb and a tongue like a knife!
I am wrath! I am rage!
I gotta fully-formed mind for a kid of my age!”

On Oskar’s third birthday he rails against the adult world and decides to remain a child forever. Armed with a heart full of rage, a singing voice that shatters glass, and a seemingly indestructible tin drum, Oskar sets about to reveal the world for what it truly is.

However, the world has other plans for our hero…

For the tide is turning. People are taking sides. And the shadow of the Black Witch is drawing ever closer…

Often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written, Gunter Grass' surreal post-war masterpiece has never been more prescient. Kneehigh will retell this extraordinary story of love, war and fizz powder as a startling musical satire. Part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem: a burlesque, a blitzkrieg, a tsunami.

Written by Carl Grose, composed by Charles Hazlewood and directed by Mike Shepherd, the team that brought you the internationally acclaimed Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), The Tin Drum is a folktale for troubled times: one political, profane and profound.

Prepare to dance to the beat of a different drum!

Whats On Stage
The Stage
The Observer
The Times

"Riotous and colourful and immensely fun"

"This is glorious, anarchic storytelling"

"A banging hit"

"A wild show: crazed, careening, cacophonous & it's terrific"

Booking Information
School & Group Bookings
Additional programming

This performances uses reserved seating in the Assembly Hall.

Latecomers policy

Latecomers can only be admitted at suitable points during the first part of the performance.


If you have any access requirements, please contact us on 020 7739 6176 or at before booking your ticket

School & Group Bookings

If you would like to make a school or group booking, please download a booking form and return it to

Schools tickets are available at the reduced rate of £16 per ticket, subject to availability.

Please note that this production is suitable for students age 14+

There will be a post-show Q&A on Monday 11 December.


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