Kneehigh with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse

Dead Dog in a Suitcase

(and other love songs)

by Carl Grose
music by Charles Hazlewood
directed by Mike Shepherd

Date & Time

16 - 20 July (various times)
16, 17 & 20 July, 7pm
18 & 19 July, 6pm
Matinees 17 & 20 July, 2pm
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes including interval


€22 - €29.50

Mayor Goodman has been assassinated. And so has his dog. Macheath the contract killer is dangerously on the loose. What the hell is the world coming to? 

Following their triumphant GIAF debut in 2017 with Tristan & Yseult, Kneehigh are back with their theatrical tour-de-force Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) based on John Gay’s The Beggar's Opera.

Kneehigh’s wild reinvention of this classic musical satire, is bursting with wit, wonder and weirdness. Using their legendary mix of puppetry, physical theatre and live music, the extraordinary cast of actor-musicians shoot and shimmy their way through this timeless story of power and lies in this trail-blazing and much celebrated production.

The raucous live score plunders the sound of our times; trip hop combines with folk, ska with grime and dubstep to create a gorgeous and powerful musical mix. Written by Carl Grose with original score by Charles Hazlewood and directed by Mike Shepherd, the vibrant and violent underbelly of a gritty urban world explodes into glorious theatrical life in this critically acclaimed and extraordinary musical masterpiece.

Photos: Steve Tanner

‘Bright, bold and timeless.’

The Guardian

An absolute triumph!’



The Stage

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