Kneehigh’s ‘Dead Dog in a Suitcase’ comes to HOME, Manchester

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Kneehigh with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse presents

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

This autumn, Cornwall-based international touring company Kneehigh, with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, begin a new tour of Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), their critically acclaimed radical reworking of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, written by Carl Grose, with a brand new score of live music by Charles Hazlewood, and directed by Artistic Director Mike Shepherd.

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is a twisted morality tale for our times busting with wit, wonder and weirdness, delivered in the way only Kneehigh know how.



The original Beggar’s Opera was written in 1728 by John Gay, and was adapted by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill in 1928 as The Threepenny Opera. Like its predecessors, Kneehigh’s new version is a musical satire that holds a mirror to contemporary society – confronting big business, corrupt institutions, and urban myths.

A 12-strong company of Kneehigh actor-musicians will bring Grose’s script and Hazlewood’s music and songs to life. The Designer is Michael Vale, who also designed Kneehigh’s Hansel & Gretel which toured to Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in 2009. Sarah Wright will be working with Vale as Puppet Designer. Malcolm Rippeth (Brief Encounter, The Red Shoes) will design the lighting, and Assistant Director Etta Murfitt (Steptoe and Son, The Wild Bride) will choreograph. The production is suitable for ages 14+.


After opening in Manchester, the production continues to Birmingham Rep (29 Sept – 3 Oct), Everyman Theatre Cheltenham (13 – 17 Oct), Northern Stage, Newcastle (20 – 24 Oct), Warwick Arts Centre (27 – 31 Oct), West Yorkshire Playhouse (3 – 7 Nov), Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse (10 – 14 Nov), and Shoreditch Town Hall, London (2 – 12 Dec).


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