Indian fairytale that’s fit for a king

The King and the Corpse
The King and the Corpse

A “bold performance of storytelling of music” featuring international artists and musicians takes place at The Storey in Lancaster on February 1.

LITFEST and The Crick Crack Club present The King and the Corpse, an 11th Century Indian fairytale brought to the contemporary stage by two core members of the world music collective Transglobal Underground.

With customary charismatic style, The Unorthodox, Unprecedented, Preacher (TUUP) takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso, Sheema Mukherjee, to tell versions of these stunning tales which are 2,000 years-old.

A king is obliged to carry the corpse of a hanged man on his back – but the corpse is not dead.

Instead it is possessed by a storytelling vampire, whose enigmatic puzzles threaten to burst the king’s head into a thousand pieces.

TUUP and Sheema’s bold style makes this a remarkable performance of rich narrative and evocative music.

Tickets are priced £7.50/£6 concessions and can be booked through or by calling 01524 62166.