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Conceived by Carl Grose, Charles Hazlewood and Mike Shepherd | Created by the Company | Based on the play by Alfred Jarry

Kneehigh’s Ubu!

A Singalong Satire

Running Time: 120 minutes

“ The show simmers delicately on the edge of chaos. This is Kneehigh going back to their roots as exuberant physical performers and it is both joyous and immensely skilful. ”

The Financial Times


4 - 21 Dec 2019
Shoreditch Town Hall, London

8 – 25 Jan 2020
Marble Factory, Bristol

28 Jan - 1 Feb 2020
The Lowry, Salford

4 - 8 Feb 2020
Leeds Playhouse (on sale soon)


We all know King Ubu. That deranged dictator we all love to hate.

Impossibly greedy, unstoppably crude, inexorably daft and hell-bent on making the country great again!

Sound familiar?

Based by Alfred Jarry’s riot-inducing masterpiece, Kneehigh will let rip with their own version of theatre’s most anarchic creations – KING UBU.

Expect world-class buffoonery in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical (surely the first of its kind!). Featuring some of the most iconic anthems of our times, given a fresh rub for their money by a belting Kneehigh band, plus an extraordinary choir of extras – you! – we guarantee this will be a rocking, rollicking riot of ridiculousness that you won’t forget.

He’ll rise! He’ll reign! Only together will we make Ubu fall!

“A perfect blend of slapstick, pertinent politics and fist-in-the-air singalong. Rousing, riotous stuff!” – Mark Kermode

Please note: During this performance you will be up on your feet and free to wander, leave your phones on, go to the bar and sing as loud as you can with the rest of the audience.

Running Times: 120 Minutes

Tour Dates

Wednesday 4 - Saturday 21 December 2019
Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Wednesday 8 – Saturday 25 January 2020
Marble Factory, Bristol
Tuesday 29 January - Saturday 1st February 2020
The Lowry, Salford
Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th February 2020
Leeds Playhouse

“It’s a big joyous buttock squeeze of a show that at a time when humanity appears to be riven from itself brings us back together in riotous laughs, hearty singalongs and even party games” 

Cornwall Live

Kneehigh's Ubu Gallery


Mr Ubu

Katy Owen

Mrs Ubu, His Wife

Mike Shepherd

Bobbi, His Daughter

Kyla Goodey

Jeremy Wardle, The Host

Niall Ashdown

President Nick Dallas

Dom Coyote

Captain Shittabrique

Robbi Luckay

The Brave Dissenter

Nandhi Bhebe

Introducing the House Band, The Sweaty Bureaucrats:

Alex Lupo
Dom Coyote
Justin Lee Radford
Renell Shaw
Nandi Bhebe

Creative Team

Writer & Co-Director

Carl Grose


Mike Shepherd

Music Director

Charles Hazlewood


Michael Vale

Lighting Designer

Mike Gunning

Prop Maker

Alice King

Costume Supervisor

Megan Rarity

Dias Stage originally designed by Bill Mitchell

and built by John Voogd

With special thanks to

Ian Ross, Giles King, and Tom Jackson Greaves