Tristan & Yseult

February 13 - March 23, 2014 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage

A passionate love story innovatively told.

Guthrie audiences will remember Kneehigh for its wildly popular and astonishingly creative production of Brief Encounter. This season marks the U.K.-based company’s triumphant return with Tristan & Yseult, the rapturously acclaimed play that first put the company on the map as masters of invention. This innovative tale finds King Mark of Cornwall at war – ruling with his head, not his heart. But he hasn’t counted on falling head over heels for his enemy’s sister Yseult, or on the arrival of the enigmatic Tristan. What follows is a love triangle of epic proportions – complete with forbidden desires, broken hearts and tender truths. Kneehigh’s thrill-ride of a production blends comedy, live music and jaw-dropping theatricality for a night of theater as hilarious as it is moving. In a five-star review, the U.K.’s Guardian raved, “If this show doesn’t make you fall in love with theatre, there’s no potion on Earth that can help you.”

Run time: approximately 2 hours 5 minutes including intermission

This production contains mature content. Haze and gun shots are also used.


Craig Johnson
Giles King
Carly Bawden
Etta Murfitt
King Mark
Stuart Goodwin
Andrew Durand
Ian Ross
Pat Moran
Russ Gold
Lizzy Westcott
Lovespotters, Brutes and Animators
Robert Luckay
Gareth Charlton

Creative Team

Adapted and Directed by
Emma Rice
        Associate Director for Kneehigh
at the Guthrie

Mike Shepherd
Carl Grose
Anna Maria Murphy
Bill Mitchell
Lighting Designer
Malcolm Rippeth
Stu Barker
Musical Director
Ian Ross
Sound Designer
Gregory Clarke
Associate Sound Designer
Helen Atkinson
Paul Crewes

Learn More

Kneehigh Theatre's Student Resource Pack for Tristan & Yseult


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production photos by Steve Tanner



StarTribune: Kneehigh christens the new year with a crackling good telling of ‘Tristan & Yseult.'
Pioneer Press: A story of careless love, carefully told
Twin Cities Daily Planet: High strung circus-opera for loved and unloved
City Pages: Love amid the scaffolding
AisleSay: "epic romance exists in a timeless circus of violence, passion, drunken debauchery, and quieter moments of tenderness"


StarTribune: Kneehigh brings 'Tristan & Yseult' to the Guthrie
Minnesota Monthly
: Why Tristan & Yseult is the Guthrie's Must-See Show of 2014