The controversial Shannon Matthews The Musical ready to take the stage

A controversial musical highlighting the high-profile story of Shannon Matthews’ disappearance is about to hit the stage. The work comes 12 years after the girl went missing from Dewsbury Moor for more than three weeks before she was found hiding in the base of a sofa bed in a flat just a mile from her home.

Her disappearance has sparked one of West Yorkshire’s biggest manhunts and the Dewsbury Moor estate has banded together to search for the schoolgirl and support Karen and her family. However, some suspected her mother Karen had something to do with it.

According YorkshireLive, musical Kunt and the Gang has now announced two performances of Shannon Matthews The Musical at the Lending Room, Woodhouse, Leeds on July 23, at 6.30pm and 9.30pm. The show already later sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The fictional musical is based on media research but will refer to events that are “wholly fictional or drawn from the writer’s imagination,” according to the show’s description.

When Shannon was found, it was revealed that the man hiding her, Michael Donovan, planned the whole episode with Shannon’s mother in order to make money from publicity. Donovan was the uncle of Craig Meehan, Karen’s partner.

Matthews and Donovan were both sentenced to eight years for kidnapping, forcible confinement and perverting the course of justice.

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