Tristan & Yseult

March 30

April 13, 2014

in CST's Courtyard Theater

A World's Stage Production
from Cornwall, England
adapted and directed by Emma Rice
writers: Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy

Thrillingly theatrical, top-tier international work… I guarantee you will have a blast.

Chicago Tribune

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The Play

Lauded all around the world for its trademark vitality, the artistic collective from Cornwall, England, Kneehigh makes its long-awaited Chicago debut with the iconic work that first catapulted the company to international fame. Marrying gorgeous music and ingenious staging with cheeky humor and Wagnerian intensity, Kneehigh now reimagines one of the world’s oldest love stories. 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.



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About Kneehigh

For over 30 years, this UK theatre company has created vigorous, popular and challenging works with a spirit of joyful anarchy.
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Critical Acclaim

Read what theater critics from around the world have to say about this extraordinary World’s Stage production coming to CST.
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Writing Tristan & Yseult

An interview with Carl Grose that delves into his experience co-writing Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult with Anna Maria Murphy.
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The Players

Creative Team

Emma Rice Adaptor/Director

Carl Grose Writer

Anna Maria Murphy Writer

Stu Barker Composer and Musical Director

Bill Mitchell Designer

Malcolm Rippeth Lighting Designer

Greg Clarke Sound Designer

Helen Atkinson Associate Sound Designer

Paul Crewes Producer


Carley Bawden  Whitehands

Gareth Charlton Lovespotter/Brute/Animator

Andrew Durand  Tristan

Russ Gold Musician

Stuart Goodwin  King Mark

Craig Johnson  Brangian/Morholt

Giles King  Frocin

Róbert Lučkay Lovespotter/Brute/Animator

Pat Moran Musician

Etta Murfitt Yseult

Ian Ross Musician

Lizzy Westcott Musician

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