A scene from Kneehigh's Dead Dog in a Suitcase
A scene from Kneehigh's Dead Dog in a Suitcase

Shoreditch Town Hall has announced further details of its new season of work, which includes a new commission from dreamthinkspeak and the London premiere of Kneehigh's Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).

The season opens, as previously announced, with dreamthinkspeak's Absent, an immersive project inspired by the story of the Duchess of Argyll that will take place in the basement spaces of the Hall for nine weeks from 24 August.

Shoreditch Town Hall director Nick Giles said: "This piece takes to the next level the way work can inhabit and be part of our building, creating rooms within rooms and journeys that will surprise even those familiar with our layout. It also represents a real gearshift in our ambitions to commission new work for and of our spaces."

Kneehigh will bring Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), a reworking of The Beggar's Opera, to the main Assembly Hall from 2 to 12 December.

Written by Carl Grose, directed by joint artistic director Mike Shepherd and with music written by Charles Hazelwood, it's billed as a twisted morality tale for our times busting with wit, wonder and weirdness.

"It is exciting to now be able to take our work into new, grander territory with our magnificent Assembly Hall coming back into use fully as a performance space," said Giles. "I can't imagine a better company than Kneehigh to launch this next phase."

The autumn programme also includes work from theatremakers Ira Brand, J Fergus Evans, The Wardrobe Ensemble, Analogue, theatre O, On The Run and Cartoon de Salvo.

For further info visit shoreditchtownhall.com.