Kneehigh's Ubu - A sing-along satire.

Kneehigh's Ubu - A sing-along satire.

17 no. saves icon · Musicals

Based on the play by Alfred Jarry

“As much a gig as it is a piece of theatre, this enormously fun piece has already been seen around the country a number of times so it’s a sure thing. You’ll be singing along shamelessly in no time.”
Lyn Gardner avatar
28 November 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“It's a bit over long and it lacks bite but it’s fun. If you are looking for something different then this show, which allows the audience to be in the thick of the action and actively involved in the storytelling then this could fit the bill. It's a loose adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s 1896 satire on power, blurring the boundaries between gig and theatre. You will definitely want to sing along to the brilliant band although you might regret the lack of savagery.”


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!

Sound familiar?

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!

Critic reviews

This is Kneehigh going back to their roots as exuberant physical performers and it is both joyous and immensely skilful

Financial Times

This is definitely not subtle, but it is quite good fun

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

An alternative treat in the run-up to Christmas that will leave you shouting for more

Broadway World

Experiencing Ubu! is like being pulled at the sleeve by a tipsy clown with smudged makeup who wants to dance with you and talk politics


A missed opportunity to satirise modern politics, this show resorts to panto for its obvious parodies and easy laughs

The Guardian

The show includes some impressive dance and acrobatic moves


For all its fun and some garishly good performances (making it a not uninteresting evening), Ubu! often fails to hit the right note


Date & time

Show ended
Wed 4 Dec - Sat 21 Dec, 3pm & 7.30pm


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