“Like wine, Kneehigh’s shows often improve with age. So we can expect something special from this piece, inspired by Alfred Jarry’s 1896 shocker, that was first glimpsed at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall in 2018. Billed as a “singalong satire” it tells the story of the rise and fall of Pa Ubu, a foul-mouthed, power-crazed dictator who will lie not just through his teeth but also his backside if it will secure him what he wants. Apparently, the show is as much a gig as it is a piece of theatre (but why make distinctions) with the audience placed in the heart of the action. Critics greeted it as shamelessly good fun back in 2018 and it should now have an even greater relevance in its dissection of power and populism.”
We all know King Ubu. That deranged dictator we all love to hate.
Impossibly greedy, unstoppably crude, inexorably daft and hell-bent on making the country great again!
Based on Alfred Jarry’s riot-inducing masterpiece, Kneehigh will let rip with their own version of theatre’s most anarchic creations – KING UBU.
Expect world-class buffoonery in this deliriously unhinged improvised promenade musical (surely the first of its kind!). Featuring some of the most iconic anthems of our times, given a fresh rub for their money by a belting Kneehigh band, plus an extraordinary choir of extras – you! – we guarantee this will be a rocking, rollicking riot of ridiculousness that you won't forget.
He’ll rise! He’ll reign! Only together will we make Ubu fall!
This is Kneehigh going back to their roots as exuberant physical performers and it is both joyous and immensely skilful
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