Kneehigh Shows

Kneehigh's UBU

The Marble Factory, Bristol

8 - 25 January 2020

Mon - Sat 7.30pm

A Singalong Satire

Conceived by Carl Grose, Charles Hazlewood and Mike Shepherd

Created by the Company

Based on the play by Alfred Jarry

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 by 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!

"The show simmers delicately on the edge of chaos This is Kneehigh going back to their roots as exuberant physical performers and it is both joyous and immensely skillful"

The Financial Times ★★★★

“It’s a big joyous buttock squeeze of a show that at a time when humanity appears to be riven from itself brings us back together in riotous laughs, hearty singalongs and even party games (albeit militia-based party games).” Cornwall Live ★★★★★

"A perfect blend of slapstick, pertinent politics and fist-in-the-air singalong. Rousing, riotous stuff!" - Mark Kermode

Running Times: 120 Minutes


Please bring your booking reference and photographic ID

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and this show is for ages 10 and above. Under 10s will not be permitted entry.

There will be street food and a full bar at every performance

There will be limited access parking on site, and there is on street parking near the venue. It’s a 10 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads station (directions)


The Marble Factory is wheelchair accessible with disabled alarmed toilets situated at 2 separate locations.

The Box office is situated at the front of the venue and is on street level.

The Disabled toilets are both accessible via ramps and are fully designed for wheelchair usage.

Getting to the venue

The majority of buses travelling to Bristol stop at or close to Bristol Temple Meads train station and from here it is a short walk to the venue.  Once at Temple Meads take the side exit out of the train station and walk through the car park.  Once you get to the zebra crossing, turn right and follow the footpath down to the silver footbridge.  Go over the bridge, turn right and follow the road round until you see the archway.  Turn right, go under the archway and follow Avon Street up until you see Motion and Marble factory on the right hand side.

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Telephone Booking is available Mon – Sat, 12pm to 5pm

Company number 1792824, VAT reg number 230 1131 82.
Kneehigh is a registered charity number 290218 and is supported by Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.

Production Photography: Steve Tanner

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