That’s the way to do it. Kneehigh revives Dead Dog in a Suitcase

Mayor Goodman has been assassinated. And so has his dog. Contract killer Macheath has just married Pretty Polly Peachum and Mr and Mrs Peachum aren’t happy. Not one bit.

Kneehigh’s trail-blazing and much celebrated Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) has been revived for a national tour and London residency this spring.

The vibrant and violent underbelly of a gritty urban world explodes into glorious theatrical life in this revival of the critically acclaimed and extraordinary musical masterpiece from the ever-inventive Kneehigh.

Written by Carl Grose, with original score by Charles Hazelwood, and directed by Kneehigh’s artistic director and founder Mike Shepherd, Dead Dog is a radical re-working of John Gay’s scabrous satire, The Beggar’s Opera.

The production returns having enjoyed sold-out houses around the country when it first toured in 2014.

Dominic Marsh plays the dubious Macheath alongside Angela Hardie as Polly Peachum. They are joined by Rina Fatania, Georgia Frost, James Gow, Martin Hyder, Dave Johnzy, Giles King, Patrycja Kujawska, Lucy Rivers, Alex Lupo, Beverly Rudd, Sarah Wright and Tim Dalling.

Grose’s savage political comedy propels along with Hazelwood’s pulsing score as the notorious urban assassin Macheath carves a swathe through a criminal world, dodging bullets and breaking hearts as he goes.

In this twisted morality tale for our times, bursting with wit, wonder and weirdness, this bold re-telling shines a contemporary light on people’s capacity for corruption; confronting big business, corrupt institutions, urban myths …. and pilchards.

The live score combines trip hop with folk, ska with grime and dubstep, to create a gorgeous and powerful musical mix.


May 2-4, Nuffield Southampton Theatre
May 8-11, Brighton Festival
May 14-18, Oxford Playhouse
May 21- June 15, The Lyric Hammersmith
June 18-22, Exeter Northcott
June 25-29, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
July 2-13, Bristol Old Vic.

More dates to be announced.

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