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New trailer released as full casting announced for Dead Dog in a Suitcase at the Lyric Hammersmith

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Kneehigh’s trail-blazing and much celebrated Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). The touring production runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from May 21 to June 15, 2019.

The Lyric Hammersmith has also released a new trailer for the production. To view it, click here.

Written by Carl Grose with original score by Charles Hazelwood and directed by Kneehigh’s Artistic Director and founder Mike Shepherd, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is a radical re-working of John Gay’s scabrous satire, The Beggar’s Opera. The production returns having enjoyed sold-out houses around the country when it first toured in 2014.

The versatile ensemble includes Rina Fatania (as Mrs Peachum), Georgia Frost (Filch) James Gow (Musician and Mac’s Gang), Angela Hardie (Polly Peachum), Martin Hyder (Les Peachum), Dave Johnzy (Musician and Mac’s Gang), Giles King (Colin Lockit), Patrycja Kujawska/Lucy Rivers (Widow Goodman), Alex Lupo (Musician, Mayor Goodman and Mac’s Gang), Dominic Marsh (Macheath), Beverly Rudd (Lucy Lockitt), and Sarah Wright/Tim Dalling (Punch Puppeteer and Mac’s Gang).

Grose’s savage political comedy propels along with Hazelwood’s pulsing score as the notorious urban assassin Macheath carves a swathe through a criminal world, dodging bullets and breaking hearts as he goes, in this twisted morality tale for our times bursting with wit, wonder and weirdness.

Taking inspiration from Gay’s original, this bold re-telling shines a contemporary light on people’s capacity for corruption; confronting big business, corrupt institutions, urban myths and pilchards.

The live score plunders the sound of our times; trip hop combines with folk, ska with grime and dubstep to create a ‘gorgeous’ and powerful musical mix.

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) is designed by Michael Vale, with lighting design by Malcolm Rippeth, choreography by Etta Murfitt and puppet direction by Sarah Wright.

Tickets: From £10. To book, call the box office on 020 8741 6850 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm; Wednesday at 1:30pm; Saturday at 2:30pm.

Open Captioned Performance: Saturday, June 8 at 2:30pm.

Audio Described Performance: Saturday, June 8 at 7:30pm.

Read more about Dead Dog in a Suitcase.

Also at the Lyric Hammersmith: the return of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories (March 29 to May 11, 2019).