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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 times… by 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!

“This latest manifestation of The Beggar’s Opera, Jon Gay’s satirical ballad opus, could not be finer” ★★★★★ Liverpool Echo

“Fiendishly clever…extraordinary…a constant barrage of visual, theatrical and musical surprises” ★★★★★ The Stage

“Madcap mastery and Jukebox hijinks” ★★★★ The Guardian

“A sheer delight, worthy of the standing ovation” ★★★★ What’s On Stage

“Robust, raucous and a real riot” ★★★★ The Times

Contains very strong language and sexual references

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