Kneehigh Asylum

The Asylum is our award winning, long-awaited, much dreamed about, jaw-dropping, spirit-lifting nomadic theatre space. A place of fun, playfulness and sanctuary, the Asylum is a purpose built tent, a home and "a place predisposed to magic". With theatre, live music, and fine food and drink, the Asylum is a great night out.

In Cornwall for the fifth year, the Asylum seasons are a chance for friends old and new to enjoy world class theatre, delicious food and drink, live music and a good old-fashioned Kneehigh knees-up.

In July and August 2015 we showcased our brand new show 946 - an adaptation by Emma Rice and Michael Morpurgo of Morpurgo’s The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. 946 combines music, puppetry and foolishness to tell this tale of war, prejudice and love and was based in the magical location of The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Thank you to everyone who made it such a fantastic season - we had a riot! 

The Asylum will be returning to the Lost Gardens of Heligan in 2016. Watch this space!



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Volunteer for us!

Every year, we go on the hunt for people to join our Volunteer Team for the Asylum. It's a fantastic opportunity to join the joyful anarchy that is Kneehigh, and we'll announce application dates for 2016 nearer the time.



Need somewhere to stay? We know that for some the Asylum can be a trek, so we've put together a handy list of  places close to the Lost Gardens and around the county for you to make the most of your time when visiting the Asylum. You can download the full list below.


Kneehigh Theatre

Kneehigh are a UK based theatre company with a local, national and international profile. For over 30 years we have created vigorous, popular and challenging theatre and perform with the joyful anarchy that audiences have come to expect from this ground-breaking company.

Kneehigh tell stories. Based in Cornwall in breath-taking barns on the south coast we create theatre of humanity on an epic and tiny scale. We work with an ever-changing ensemble of performers, artists, technicians, administrators, makers and musicians and are passionate about our multi-disciplined creative process.

In 2010 Kneehigh launched The Asylum, a beautiful and flexible nomadic structure, which means we now have a venue to call home as well as being one of the leading touring theatre companies in the UK. We have now presented five seasons in The Asylum in Cornwall, and will continue to reinvent the space and explore new locations in future years. The Asylum will return to Cornwall in 2016.

Alongside our national and international touring and Asylum seasons, we run the Kneehigh Rambles Programme - aiming to engage creatively with communities in Cornwall and beyond through event and adventure.




Accommodation List for the Asylum