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

‘It left me grinning from ear to ear.’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph

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.

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 that straddles electro disco, new wave, grime, dubstep, noire, trip hop, punk, ska, as well as the great Purcell, so there really is something for everyone.

Written by Carl Grose 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.


This production contains scenes which some people may find disturbing.
Ages 14+

The performance contains the use of theatrical smoke and haze, strobe lighting, flashing lights, loud noise/sound effects, the use of imitation fire arms, strong language and scenes where suicide is presented.

★★★★★ The Stage
Uproarious! Now that’s the way to do it! ... It left me grinning from ear to ear. Outrageously good fun. ★★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★★ A Younger Theatre
Sublime… a riotous show. ★★★★ London List

17 July
Post–show talk with the company to follow 7pm performance.
Moderator, Charlotte McIvor, NUI Galway

  • Partially accessible - no access to upper floors
  • Partially accessible - contact venue for details
  • Recommended for age 14+
  • This production contains material which may be unsuitable for young children.

Photos: Steve Tanner