Busting with wit, wonder and weirdness, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) was one of The Guardian’s Top 10 theatre shows of 2014. 

The ever-inventive, multi-talented performers of Tony Award-nominated Kneehigh are renowned as creators of wildly energetic and hugely popular shows. 

Following Tristan & Yseult (2006) and The Wild Bride (2012), they return to the Festival with a reworking of John Gay’s bawdy 18th-century musical satire The Beggar’s Opera, updated with a new score that mixes Renaissance polyphony, folk, heavy metal, ska, grime and dubstep. 

Who wouldn’t want to hear how that works?

Discover more

Gallery of Matt Grace photographs.

"Dead Dog in a Suitcase thrills as potent Festival fare with flair" – Theatreview review.

"One out of the box" – The Dominion Post review.

 'In the company of renegades', an ARTicle Magazine profile of Kneehigh.

Dominion Post interview with director Mike Shepherd.

The performance on Monday 29 February will be Audio Described

Opera House

2hrs 25mins (inc 15min interval)

This show contains strobe lighting

Recommended for ages 14+