Dead Dog in a Suitcase at Lyric Hammersmith tickets
Dead Dog in a Suitcase at Lyric Hammersmith tickets

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About the show

The 1728 satirical The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay gets a major overhaul in Kneehigh’s acclaimed production of Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), complete with talented actor-musicians and an updated score.

Social injustice and corruption are rife in the world where contract killer Macheath marries the young Polly Peachum, but her parents are none too happy about it. Their plans to save their daughter and profit at the same time kick off a weird and wonderful morality tale with movement and music.

Kneehigh have been making their distinct brand of popular theatre for over 30 years, catering to a wide variety of tastes. Proudly based in Cornwall, they are inspired by the Cornish landscape and people, and were founded by Mike Shepherd, who is the company’s Artistic Director to this day. He directs this production.

Carl Grose, who wrote the script, has worked with Kneehigh for the past 17 years. Previous credits with the company include Tristan & Yseult, The Wind-Up Boy and The Bacchae. Charles Hazelwood is credited with composition and musical direction, Etta Murfitt choreographs, and Michale Vale and Malcolm Rippeth provide design and lighting.

Dominic Marsh stars as Macheath alongside Rina Fatania as Mrs Peachum, Georgia Frost as Filch, Angela Hardie as Polly Peachum and Martin Hyder as Les Peachum. Giles King plays Colin Lockit, Patrycja Kujawska and Lucy Rivers play Widow Goodman and Beverly Rudd plays Lucy Lockitt.

The company’s distinctive style draws on music, puppetry, physical theatre and storytelling to share captivating tales that are relevant to life today, and this show is no different from their high-quality canon. First staged in 2014, Dead Dog in a Suitcase has been revived by the company several times since. Kneehigh shows are always popular and compelling, and the show runs from 21 May 2019, with a press night on 23 May 2019.

Recommended for

Theatregoers interested in physical theatre, music and multidisciplinary work and those who are familiar with Kneehigh’s productions will be glad to see this production return.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 21 May 2019
Press night: 23 May 2019
Booking from: 15 Jun 2019
Booking until: 15 Jun 2019

Location and map

Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Square
London, W6 0QL

7 Reviews Add review

This is a really full on show - outstanding singing and music, very creative and inventive staging, a bit bawdy in places but undoubtedly... More

marebert 5' 1", 54 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I loved this show! It makes such a change from the sugary pap on at the West End, and the cast have invested so much into it! The music... More

marebert 5' 1", 54 reviews, 1 helpful vote

ryandawe 5"8, 308 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic show, brilliant design and highly talented cast. Show was long but the design of the ending more than made up for it.

hawthornsparks 5'5", 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was one of the most fantastical, unusual and fun shows ever! The singing and stagecraft were amazing. We would see it again!

laurac9 1 review, 0 helpful votes

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 370 reviews, 37 helpful votes

charliee 1 review, 0 helpful votes