Black Button Eyes Productions’ brilliantly realized “Shockheaded Peter” is a sensational work of theater, dance, music, cabaret, puppetry and circus that bursts with exquisite design and bravura performances by a 12-person cast.
— Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
“Perversely appealing....darkly lovely”
— Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald
The first gem of the new theatre season
— Tom Williams, Chicago Critic
A Perverse Victorian Delight...perfectly directed with macabre relish by Ed Rutherford.
— Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review
Charmingly Nightmarish...The Tim Burton-esque characters are masterfully portrayed by this ensemble of talented actors.
— Stephanie Dykes, Picture This Post
Highly entertaining...this spectacle satisfies and dazzles.
— Jane Recker, Chicagoland Musical Theatre

August 11-September 16, 2017 Performances Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

Opening night: Saturday August 12

In this Chicago Storefront Premiere musical, a sinister but incompetent master of ceremonies leads the audience through the tale of a childless couple that has their fondest wish granted in the most delightfully dreadful way imaginable, accompanied by vignettes in which the hilariously horrible fates that befall naughty children everywhere are brought to darkly comedic life. Featuring music composed by the Tiger Lillies, this musical returns to the Athenaeum (and Chicago) for the first time since the show toured here with the original cast in 2001 in its first homegrown production by Black Button Eyes Productions.

Created for the Stage by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott
Original Music & Lyrics Composed by the Tiger Lillies
Adapted from Heinrich Hoffman's The Struwwelpeter
Directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford

at the Athenaeum Theatre; Tickets on Sale Now!

NOTE: Appropriate for ages 13+ May be too intense or spooky for young children.