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Kneehigh’s Ubu!

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Guidance: 10+
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We all know an Ubu. That deranged dictator we all love to hate!

Impossibly greedy, unstoppably rude, 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 creation. Expect world-class buffoonery in this deliriously unhinged promenade musical. Featuring some of the most iconic anthems of our times, given a fresh run 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!

Kneehigh’s Ubu! encourages you to dance in your seat, get up onto your feet, wander, leave your phones on, go to the bar and sing as loud as you can with the rest of the audience.

Cast & Credits

Conceived by Carl Grose, Charles Hazlewood and Mike Shepherd / Created by the Company / Based on the play by Alfred Jarry / Photography by Steve Tanner / Illustration by Daryl Waller /


“ It’s not subtle, it doesn’t want to be. It wants to be memorable, involving, glorious fun. Job done. ”

- The Times

“ Timely, raucous and ridiculous gig-theatre retelling of Alfred Jarry’s brutal absurdist satire.”

- The Stage

“ An ebullient take on the classic absurdist satire, with extra pop hits. Dangerously exhilarating.”

- Time Out

“ Easily the show of the year. Part party and part political protest, Ubu! is one of the best nights you could possibly have. ”

- Theatre Reviews Hub

“ Challenging, playful, brash and full of punk spirit. If I could give it more than five stars, I would.”

- Broadway World

“ It is impossible not to feel included in a Kneehigh show because the company treats its audience with real generosity.”

- Lyn Gardner, Stage Door

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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