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Tristan & Yseult

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Seen through the eyes of the ‘Unloved’, Kneehigh’s critically acclaimed Tristan & Yseult, the greatest love story of the Celtic tradition, blends comedy, live music, grand passions and tender truths in an irresistible night of love.

Cornish King Mark is at war: he rules with his head not his heart. But he hasn’t counted on falling head over heels for his enemy’s sister, or expected the arrival of the enigmatic Tristan.

Tristan & Yseult catapulted Kneehigh onto the international stage over a decade ago. Since then the show has played to rapt audiences across the world, from roofless Cornish castles to intimate New York warehouses. This latest incarnation of Kneehigh’s most successful show sees one of the UK’s most innovative theatre companies tour to the Citizens Theatre for the first time.

Tristan & Yseult has been hailed by critics as “a triumph”, “deliriously joyful” and “breathtaking in every respect”.

Kneehigh

Main Theatre

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Recommended 10+

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop


Cast & Creative Team >

Creative Team
Adapter & Director - Emma Rice
Writers - Anna Maria Murphy and Carl Grose

Reviews


“an audacious pop-tastic reworking of the oldest love story in the world.”
Ther Herald ★★★★★

“if this show doesn’t make you fall in love with theatre, there’s no potion on Earth that can help you.”
The Guardian ★★★★★

“It is mythical and musical, comical and tragical, romantic and acrobatic, silly and seductive. Sometimes all at once.”
The Times ★★★★★

“Yet this daring, unique and utterly magical production doesn’t disappoint, and manages to stun, inspire and devastate in equal measure.”
  ★★★★★

“the theatrical equivalent of a graphic novel — a colorful and richly inventive stage fable where myth and music seductively entwine” LA Times

“clever, poignant, passionate, sexy and cheerfully daft” The Stage

“It just doesn’t seem possible, let alone right, that a tragic love story could be so fantastically fun
New York Post

“Emma Rice’s ever-surprising adaptation of an ancient tale of fatal adultery feels like a giddy party”
New York Times

Kneehigh Merchandise

So Good At Love CD - £10.00
So Good At Love features original music from some of Kneehigh’s most beloved shows, including Tristan & Yseult, Brief Encounter and Cymbeline. Recorded by Rik Dowding; Mixed by Stu Matthews at State of Art Studios in Bristol; Mastered at Optimum Mastering, Bristol; Produced by Stu Barker; Coordinated by Matt Booth for BMF.

Kneehigh’s ‘The Book’ - £10.00
30 years in 7 chapters. A limited edition collector’s item. Home, Story, Wonder, Love, Bravery, Naughtiness, Imagine… lovingly researched, designed and created by the Kneehigh team. A work of art to treasure, telling the story of their 30 year history through words, photos and illustrations.
Designed and created in 2010, complete with protective red pouch.

‘What in the World’ Book - £5.00
A curated notebook from Kneehigh’s time in Calais and Bogotá. Featuring writing from Anna Maria Murphy and Mike Shepherd, with images by Steve Tanner.

Kneehigh Tote Bag - £4.00
A canvas tote bag featuring a hand screen-printed image of the Kneehigh Barns. £1 from each sale goes towards the Kneehigh Rambles, which engages with local communities in Cornwall and further afield.