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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

02 May, 2019 - 04 May, 2019

Kneehigh are back with their theatrical tour-de-force Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) at NST Campus.

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

 A Kneehigh with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse production

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

2 - 4 May NST Campus

By Carl Grose

Music by Charles Hazlewood

Director Mike Shepherd 

Recommended age: 14+ 

Get involved in a workshop!

Kneehigh have been working with collaborator and musician, James Gow, to develop a workshop to run alongside Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) which is playing at NST Campus from Thurs 2 – Sat 4 May.

The workshop is titled ‘Phoenix Tapes’ and James is offering the workshops to venues whilst on tour with the show. Please see attached for further details.

Please get in touch directly with James Gow if you would like any further information, or to book a workshop [email protected] .

Workshop Information

Mayor Goodman has been assassinated. And so has his dog.

Contract killer Macheath has just married Pretty Polly Peachum and Mr and Mrs Peachum aren't happy. Not one bit.

Kneehigh are back with their theatrical tour-de-force Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). Based on the Beggar's Opera, John Gay's classic musical satire, busting with wit, wonder and weirdness.

Kneehigh’s extraordinary cast of actor musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale for our times.


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

The Times


"Fiendishly clever...a constant barrage of visual, theatrical and musical surprises"

The Stage


"Madcap mastery and jukebox hijinks...Bright, bold and timeless"

The Guardian



“An absolute triumph!”




"Here's the surest betting: once seen, this show must be seen again... and yet again. It's that good."

Liverpool Echo



“A stunning explosion of theatrical pyrotechnics”

The Morning Star


"Real theatrical magic"

The Public Reviews




Writer's Letter

Carl Grose, writer of the play, details why he adapted the Beggar's Opera 

Why this title





Mike Shepherd


Carl Grose


Charles Hazlewood

Composer & Music Director

Michael Vale


Malcolm Rippeth

Lighting Designer

Ian Davies

Sound Designer

Jay Jones

Sound Designer

Etta Murfitt

Choreographer & Assistant Director

Sarah Wright

Punch Puppeteer and Mac's Gang


Rina  Fatania

Rina Fatania

Mrs Peachum

Georgia  Frost

Georgia Frost


James Gow

James Gow

Musician and Mac's Gang

Angela  Hardie

Angela Hardie

Polly Peachum

Martin  Hyder

Martin Hyder

Les Peachum

Dave  Johnzy

Dave Johnzy

Musician and Mac's Gang

Alex Lupo

Alex Lupo

Musician, Mayor Goodman and Mac's Gang

Giles  King

Giles King

Colin Lockit

Patrycja  Kujawska

Patrycja Kujawska

Widow Goodman

Dominic Marsh

Dominic Marsh


Lucy  Rivers

Lucy Rivers

Widow Goodman

Beverly Rudd

Beverly Rudd

Lucy Lockitt

Sarah  Wright

Sarah Wright

Punch Puppeteer and Mac's Gang

Tickets starting at: £27, £22, £17, £10

Tickets for this production start at the prices above. Make sure you book quickly, as demand for tickets increases, prices may change.

Book now to get the best prices.

For Wheelchair and Disability bookings, please call the Box Office for availability.

Groups of 10 or more save! Contact the Box Office for best available rates.

Student tickets - £10