Shockheaded Peter


Shockheaded Peter

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The demented children's stories of Heinrich Hoffmann's Strewwelpeter, mated with the twisted music of The Tiger Lillies. Shocking songs of naughty girls and boys, cautionary tales to chill the blood, all from the 2 times Olivier award winning musical theatre show.

Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann, a Frankfurt 'medical man of the lunatic asylum', wrote and illustrated The Struwwelpeter (ShockHeaded Peter) more than 150 years ago because he couldn't find anything on the shelves to fire the imagination of his children.

SHOCKHEADED PETER is the collective nightmare of the visionary direction and design team of Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (co-founders of London's Improbable Theatre) and the underworld's favorite cabaret act, The Tiger Lillies, led by the bizarre and beautiful falsetto of Martyn Jacques. Set in a distorted Victorian toy theater, SHOCKHEADED PETER evokes a lost world of theatrical illusion-a music box spinning out of control; an advent calendar with a different lunatic waiting behind every door.

Olivier Award 2002 winners:

Shockheaded Peter - Winner Best Entertainment                                                                                                  Shockheaded Peter - Winner Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Martyn Jacques)

“gorgeous...a potent reminder of the power of live theatre”
— The Times


  1. The Struwwelpeter Overture
  2. The Story Of Cruel Frederick
  3. The Dreadful Story About Harriet And The Matches
  4. Bully Boys
  5. The Story Of The Man That Went Out Shooting
  6. Snip Snip
  7. Augustus And The Soup
  8. Fidgety Phil
  9. Johnny Head-In-Air
  10. Flying Robert
  11. Shockheaded Peter


Produced by Olimax & The Tiger Lillies. Music and song adaption by Martyn Jaques. Engineered by H.P. Lovecraft & The Doc

Martyn Jaques - accordion / voice

Adrian Huge - percussion

Adrian Stout - double bass

 with Tamzin Griffin - cello

Julian Bleach - violin

Graeme Gilmour - banjo / clarinet

Jo Pocock - trombone