Kneehigh, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse present THE TIN DRUM


Based on the novel by Günter Grass
Written by Carl Grose
Composer and Music Direction by Charles Hazlewood
Directed by Mike Shepherd – Designed by Naomi Dawson
with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth and sound by Ian Davies. Choreography by Etta Murfitt and Puppet direction by Sarah Wright

Wed 6 to Sat 23 December 2017 at Shoreditch Town Hall

One of the defining novels of the 20th Century, Günter Grass’ dazzling tour de force, The Tin Drum is brought to thrilling theatrical life at London’s Shoreditch Town Hall in Kneehigh’s hugely successful co-production with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Directed by Artistic Director Mike Shepherd, The Tin Drum is a folktale for troubled times, a dark, burlesque comic extravaganza, which is at once daringly provocative, political and profound. Written by Kneehigh Artistic Associate Carl Grose with music by renowned composer Charles Hazlewood, who is also a Kneehigh Associate Artist.

On Oskar’s third birthday he rails against the adult world and decides to remain a child forever. Armed with a heart full of rage, a singing voice that shatters glass, and a seemingly indestructible tin drum, Oskar sets about to reveal the world for what it truly is. However, the world has other plans for our hero…

Often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written, Günter Grass’ surreal post-war masterpiece has never been more prescient. Kneehigh retell this extraordinary story of love, war and fizz powder as a startling musical satire. Part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem: a burlesque, a blitzkrieg, a tsunami. Prepare to dance to the beat of a different drum!

The critically acclaimed production reunites Kneehigh regulars Nandi Bhebhe, Dom Coyote, Rina Fatania, Patrycja Kujawska, Beverly Rudd and Sarah Wright, who have variously appeared in Tristan and Yseult, Brief Encounter, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) and 946. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.

The full ensemble cast is Nandi Bhebhe, Les Bubb, Dom Coyote, Damon Daunno, Rina Fatania, Angela Hardie, Bettrys Jones, Patrycja Kujawska, Beverly Rudd and Sarah Wright. The musicians are Ross Hughes, Alex Lupo and Ruth Wall.



Wednesday 6 to Saturday 23 December 2017

Shoreditch Town Hall Tickets: 020 7739 6176

the tin drum