Shannon Matthews: The Musical

Foul-mouthed mother from hell Karen Matthews is fed up being a nobody until she hatches a cunning plan for a shot at the big time.

Hen-pecked common-law husband Craig Meehan has a secret interest that nobody knows about.

Borderline special needs uncle Michael Donovan just wants a bit of company and a couple of quid for some baccy.

Stereotypical Yorkshire copper Detective Inspector Radgitt faces a race against time to get to the bottom of this case and find the missing girl, Shannon Matthews, aged 9.

This is
Shannon Matthews: The Musical, an irreverent, potty-mouthed, black comedy romp through one of the most bizarre news stories of this century, via the warped imagination of Kunt and the Gang, the songwriter behind The Kunts’ recent top 20 hit singles Boris Johnson is a Fucking Cunt, Boris Johnson is STILL a Fucking Cunt and Prince Andrew is a Sweaty Nonce. The production is being brought out from under the bed base by Yorkshire’s own Tuppence Ha’penny Theatre Company.

Shannon Matthews: The Musical re-imagines an even larger-than-life, delusionally confident Karen Matthews as she sets off on her quest for fame by masterminding the fake kidnapping of her daughter, aided and abetted by a supporting cast of massively dysfunctional men.

Shannon Matthews: The Musical features 11 original songs including Can’t Work, Wont Work, I’ve Got A Plan (Based On Maddie McCann), Different Dads and Shannon Ain’t Dead (She’s Under My Bed), and played to sold out audiences at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe. It was originally released on audio CD and download in 2010, pre-dating the BBC TV drama The Moorside by 7 years.

Not for the easily offended!


KAREN MATTHEWS: Samantha Hindman




P.C. WORLD: Adam Fletcher

JUDGE: Isabella Lawrence



DIRECTOR: Sam Chapman


TECH: Africa Studios, Hull

WRITTEN BY: Kunt and the Gang

GUITAR / BANJO / UKE: Carsehole AKA Mr. Jels


For interview request / more info please contact Kunt: [email protected]




Photo: Neil Vary @NeilVary74
Photo: Neil Vary @NeilVary74

Non-exhaustive list of Press for Shannon Matthews The Musical

Review - Get Your Coats On

***** "You'll feel awful as you cackle throughout."

Scottish Daily Express
'Sick' Shannon Matthews musical should not be allowed at Edinburgh Fringe

Daily Mail
Comedy musical ... is branded 'cruel and disgusting' by outraged critics

New comedy musical about the disappearance of Shannon Matthews divides opinion

Daily Star
'Evil' comedy about Shannon Matthews disappearance sparks social media outrage

Shannon Matthews The Musical creator defends controversial stage show

Edinburgh Live
Edinburgh Fringe show on the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews deemed 'inappropriate'

"I'm not easily offended but..."

Some Quotes for Shannon Matthews The Musical

"The musical should have never been allowed by any authority around Britain, and it is a disgusting and evil act by them."
Ammar Anwar, Dewsbury West Councillor

'The last time I laughed so hard at a musical with such crude and offensive humour, I'm talking my jaw and cheeks hurting from laughing too much and tears streaming down my face, struggling for breath, was The Book Of Mormon."
Ben Rutherford on Facebook

“In incredibly poor taste”
Mark Eastwood, Conservative MP for Dewsbury

Mussarat Pervaiz, Kirklees Councillor

"Punk spirit at it's best: brash brutal and bloody good fun!" Audience Review

"Hopefully no one will go and see it."
clickychicky, MumsNet user

"This is a sick joke... why would anyone in their right minds go to see it?'
Janet Ayre on Facebook

“I can’t wait.”
Stewart Lee