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Tristan & Yseult

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Sink down upon us. Night of love, make me forget I live.

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. Seen through the eyes of the 'Unloved', Tristan & Yseult, the most successful and beloved of all Kneehigh's shows, blends comedy, live music, grand passions and tender truths in an irresistible night of love.

This critically acclaimed production catapulted the company 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. In its latest incarnation this unforgettable version of the greatest love story of the Celtic tradition will tour for the first time to the four corners: Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as to London's Shakespeare's Globe and other UK theatres, delighting audiences as well as breaking hearts...

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

One of the masterpieces of 21st-century theatre"


A fizzing, intoxicating cocktail"


Playful and inventive storytelling"


Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult from WeAreKneehigh on Vimeo.

Tristan & Yseult

4-15 July
7.30pm, 2.30pm
(Selected Sat & Sun mats)
(plus booking fee)

Running Time 2hrs 5mins, including 20min interval
Ages 10+

Press Performance Wed 5 July, 7.30pm

Creative Team
Adaptor & Director
Emma Rice
Writers Carl Grose & Anna Maria Murphy
Designer Bill Mitchell
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Sound Designer Simon Baker

Photography Steve Tanner

@WeAreKneehigh | #TristanAndYseult

Ticket Offers

Groups of 10+ £3 off all tickets (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 20+ As above, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 50+ £6 off all tickets, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)

£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eves)

Access Performances
Signed performance
Sat 15 July, 2.30pm

Friends of Bristol Old Vic
20% off full price tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per Friend, excl Fri & Sat eves

In summer 2016 we began redevelopment works to transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.

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