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Dominic Marsh, Beverly Rudd and more cast in Kneehigh's Dead Dog in a Suitcase tour

Kneehigh’s hit production returns for another run

Dominic Marsh in Dead Dog in a Suitcase
Dominic Marsh in Dead Dog in a Suitcase
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Casting has been announced for the return of Kneehigh's Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) which opens in May.

Written by Carl Grose with original score by Charles Hazelwood and directed by Kneehigh's artistic director and founder Mike Shepherd, the piece is a re-working of John Gay's satire, The Beggar's Opera.

The tour begins at Nuffield Southampton Theatres before visiting Brighton Festival and Oxford Playhouse. It will then have a four-week run at Lyric Hammersmith in London before continuing on its tour to Exeter Northcott, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and Bristol Old Vic.

The full cast is composed of Rina Fatania (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 and Lucy Rivers (Widow Goodman), Alex Lupo (Musician, Mayor Goodman and Mac's Gang), Dominic Marsh (Macheath), Beverly Rudd (Lucy Lockitt), and Sarah Wright and Tim Dalling (Punch Puppeteer and Mac's Gang).

The show has design by Michael Vale with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, sound design by Ian Davies and Jay Jones and puppet direction from Wright.

The piece received a five-star write-up when it first opened, with Kris Hallett saying it is "a rough, magical, overlong, frustrating, playful, vicious, satirical and naughty burlesque that also, as the apocalypse approaches, produces one of the most visceral finales you're likely to see."