NEWS: Kneehigh announce cast and creative team for Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), their radical new Beggar’s Opera

NEWS: Kneehigh announce cast and creative team for Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), their radical new Beggar’s Opera

Rehearsals are under way for Kneehigh’s brand new show, a radical re-working of Jon Gay’s political and musical play, The Beggar’s Opera. Called Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), the brand new show is a coproduction with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, and will open in their newly rebuilt Everyman theatre in June before coming to Cornwall in August to The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Rehearsals are under way for Kneehigh’s brand new show, a radical re-working of Jon Gay’s political and musical play, The Beggar’s Opera.

Called Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), the brand new show is a coproduction with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, and will open in their newly rebuilt Everyman theatre in June before coming to Cornwall in August to The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Several Kneehigh ‘old hands’ join the cast, including Giles King, Patrycja Kuwaska and Ian Ross who have performed in several recent Kneehigh shows including The Red Shoes and Tristan & Yseult. They join Audrey Brisson (Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Wild Bride), Andrew Durand (The Wild Bride and Tristan & Yseult) and Carly Bawden (Tristan & Yseult), Dom Marsh (Umbrellas of Cherbourg), Rina Fatania (Wah! Wah! Girls and The Empress), James Gow (Brief Encounter US tour 2014), and Sarah Wright (A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, and puppets for Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride, among others). The ensemble is completed by newcomers to Kneehigh: Justin Radford, a Cornish born multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and writer, and Martin Hyder, who has recently worked with Paul Hunter and Told by an Idiot, and has worked extensively for Radio 4.

The script is by Carl Grose who has written for many Kneehigh productions, most recently Tristan & Yseult, Hansel and Gretel, and The Wild Bride. As with all of Kneehigh’s work, music is integral, and in this production it takes centre stage, with internationally renowned composer and conductor Charles Hazlewood writing the score.

Kneehigh founder and Joint Artistic Director Mike Shepherd is tasked with putting the words and music on the stage. He said, “The script is fast, furious, farcical, funny, desperate, distinctive and rather beautiful. I'm excited and can't wait to get going!”  He’s assisted by Etta Murfitt (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures), who is also choreographing the piece.

Michael Vale has designed the show and along with award winning lighting designer Malcolm Rippeth and puppet designer Sarah Wright will create the world of corporate conspiracy and dodgy delights in which Macheath lives.

Don’t miss your chance to see this extraordinary ensemble company shoot hoot and shimmy their way through a twisted morality tale for our times. The dog, as they say, is out of the suitcase…

 

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

"A riot... Would I go and see this again? Like a shot." **** The Times.

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