Adapted & Directed by Emma Rice
Writers: Carl Grose & Anna Maria Murphy
"If this show doesn't make you fall in love with theatre, there's no potion on Earth that can help you." ***** The Guardian June 2013
"Spectacular yet intimate... I loved it" ***** The Times June 2013
"I loved it with a passion" ***** The Guardian 2005
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.
This critically acclaimed production catapulted Kneehigh onto the national stage. This is the original tale of forbidden desires, broken hearts and the agony of choosing one human being over another. Seen through the eyes of the 'Unloved', Tristan & Yseult blends comedy, live music, grand passion and tender truths, in an irresistible night of love.
Tristan & Yseult is one of Kneehigh’s most loved shows which critics have called “a triumph”, “deliriously joyful” and “breathtaking in every respect”
"Sink down upon us. Night of love, make me forget I live."
|Fri 22 November 2013 - Mon 06 January 2014||Berkeley Rep||Book Now|
|Thu 13 February 2014 - Sun 23 March 2014||Guthrie Theater, MN||Book Now|
|Sun 30 March 2014 - Sun 13 April 2014||Chicago Shakespeare||Book Now|
We asked Carl Grose about co-writing Tristan & Yseult with Anna Maria Murphy. Watch out for Anna's answers tomorrow
"It's been a good year for Bay Area theater overall, with some stellar productions like SHN's Anything Goes, Black Watch from A.C.T. and the National Theater of Scotland, and No Man's Land at Berkeley Rep. The Rep is closing out the year, as they have the past two years, with a moving and original new production from England's Kneehigh Theatre, Tristan & Yseult. The piece, like their previous Bay Area outings Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride, is a kind of mashup of several texts along with music, movement, contemporary references, and dance. It features the return of Polish actress Patrycja Kujawska (The Wild Bride) playing the title role of Yseult, and the talented Andrew Durand in role of Tristan, along with a terrific ensemble that includes Carly Bawden (playing a role dubbed Lady With the White Hands whose singing voice throughout the show is downright magical), and the hilarious Craig Johnson who spends part of the show in drag as Yseult's handmaid, Miss Brangian."
"I could begin by saying that Kneehigh is Cornwall’s critically acclaimed national theatre, but that would be boring and entirely beside the point. Better to point out that they’ve produced a cult hit that goes to the core of what theatre is all about. Kneehigh is fun, they’re smart, they’re kicky, and their version of Tristan & Yseult has an electricity that I couldn’t have imagined before last night."
"Berkeley Rep's Tristan & Yseult is one of those shows that combines the best elements of modern theatre with good old-fashioned storytelling and does so with amazing brilliance. It all seems effortless, but what does it actually take to bring this ancient and tragic tale of passion and betrayal to life each night with such precision and genius? From across the pond comes Cornwall's Kneehigh Theatre Company with their wonderfully inventive and thoroughly British way of telling stories, and we find that great gobs of cheekiness, imagination and daring are what it takes - but it also needs an enthusiastic audience for the sparks to really fly. I highly recommend that you help make those sparks fly and help in the co-creation of Tristan & Yseult which is playing now through January 6, 2014 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre."
"The thing about a love story is this: you want to feel it. You need to feel it. When Juliet wakes just after Romeo bites it, if you’re not feeling that dagger in your own chest, what’s the point? There are only so many love stories – love gained, love lost, love unrequited – and so many variations. How, then, do you make the story fresh? How do you reignite the passions and make your audience feel it all anew? The shortest answer to that query is: let Kneehigh tell the story."
"This is one of those rare shows that not only satisfies any possible theatrical demands, but has you grinning like an idiot and occasionally on the verge of tears, all in two hours. Marketers could bill this show thusly: "You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll launch flatulent balloons before intermission.""
"An age-old tragic love triangle is made fresh and enchantingly vital in the "Tristan & Yseult" that opened Tuesday at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre. It's also filled with all the remarkably inventive, eye-catching theatricality we've come to expect from England's Kneehigh company, not to mention freewheeling comedy. Somehow the plentiful humor only deepens the tragic impact in the end."
"iveting acting, devil-may-care physicality and a whiff of Theatre of the Absurd all contribute to this fully satisfying production—a daringly theatrical quilt. It’s risky when the doors to theatrical potential swing open wide and creative interpretation gets free rein. That can be a recipe for disaster; but here, cast and director embrace the challenge with full commitment and their risks pay off more than handsomely."
"The story is more than 1,000 years old, probably traceable to Cornwall, at the southwestern tip of England, and recounted in many variations and languages ever since. In Kneehigh's hands, it's utterly timeless, delightful and engrossing."
"Unlike many theater troupes performing today, Britain's Kneehigh Theatre — the company behind last year's The Wild Bride and Brief Encounter — appears hell-bent on making sure you have a good time. Kneehigh isn't merely interested in you enjoying the show — although it succeeds swimmingly there as well — but in thoroughly enveloping you in its weird and wonderful world. To that effect, Tristan & Yseult, which runs through January 6 at Berkeley Rep, is the vehicle for that transformation, and it is entertainment at its best and brightest."
"This is one of those rare shows that not only satisfies any possible theatrical demands, but has you grinning like an idiot and occasionally on the verge of tears, all in two hours."
"For heightened emotional drama, you can’t beat a good love triangle – and Kneehigh’s seminal work Tristan & Yseult, first created ten years ago and now back in Leeds to launch a UK tour, is one of the best there is. A powerful, playful and totally compelling piece of theatre it combines romance, humour, movement and music with moments of heart-wrenching poignancy."
Adapted & Directed by Emma Rice
Writers: Anna Maria Murphy & Carl Grose
Composer and Musical Director Stu Barker
Designer Bill Mitchell
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Sound Designer Gregory Clarke
Associate Sound Designer Helen Atkinson
Producer Paul Crewes