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Kneehigh Theatre in collaboration with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse have announced that it will bring a new adaptation of John Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera', titled Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and Other Love Songs) to Shoreditch Town Hall in east London, from 2 to 12 December 2015 as part of a UK tour.
Written by Carl Grose with music by Charles Hazlewood, the production is described as a radical re-working of John Gay’s satire, which shines a contemporary light on people’s capacity for corruption; confronting big business, corrupt institutions, urban myths and pilchards.
"Mayor Goodman has been assassinated. Contract killer Macheath has just married Pretty Polly Peachum and Mr and Mrs Peachum aren't happy. Not one bit."
The cast will feature Rita Fatania (Mrs Peachum), James Gow (Musician & Mac’s Gang), Angela Hardie (Polly Peachum), Martin Hyder (Les Peachum), Giles King (Colin Lockit), Patrycja Kujawska, Lucy Rivers (Widow Goodman), Dominic Marsh (Macheath), Justin Radford (Musician & Mac’s Gang), Ian Ross (Musician, Mayor Goodman and Mac’s Gang), Beverley Rudd (Lucy Lockitt), Jack Shalloo (Filch) and Sarah Wright (Punch Puppeteer and Mac’s Gang).
The production will be directed by Kneehigh’s Joint Artistic Director and founder Mike Shepherd with design by Michael Vale, choreography by Etta Murfitt and lighting by Malcolm Rippeth.
Tickets for the London production, and the rest of the UK tour are now on sale.