Shakespeare's Globe

Tristan & Yseult [2017]

Written by: Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy
Directed by: Emma Rice
Adapted by: Emma Rice

‘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 enemys sister, or expected the arrival of the enigmatic Tristan. Seen through the eyes of the UnlovedTristan & Yseult, the most successful and beloved of all of Kneehighs 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 Shakespeares Globe and other UK theatres, delighting audiences as well as breaking hearts...

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



  • Composer Stu Barker
  • Designer Bill Mitchell
  • Lighting Designer Malcom Rippeth
  • Sound Designer Simon Baker


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