Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult for Galway International Arts Festival 2017

Five-star show marks GIAF’s first theatre programme announcement

Galway International Arts Festival is delighted to announce that celebrated UK theatre company Kneehigh will bring their five-star show Tristan & Yseult to the Galway International Arts Festival in July.

Audiences around the world have fallen in love with this darkly humorous, musical production, with critics calling it “a triumph”, “deliriously joyful” and “one of the best evenings in theatre you could hope to find”.

Award-winning director and artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London, Emma Rice and writers Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy have reinvented this ancient story – a love triangle between the warrior Tristan, his uncle King Mark of Cornwall and the beautiful Yseult - breathing new life into the legend and bringing it crashing into the here and now.

“It is one of those rare shows that is greater than the sum of its parts. It has taken on a life, a universality that touches and surprises me each time we perform,” says Rice.

Commenting on Galway International Arts Festival’s first theatre programme announcement, GIAF Artistic Director Paul Fahy said: “Without question, Emma Rice is one of the world’s most visionary theatre directors. As artistic director of Kneehigh for many years before moving to the Globe, Rice elevated Kneehigh to the point where they are now loved and celebrated across the globe. Tristan & Yseult has played to sold-out houses on both sides of the Atlantic with this production, which is truly breath-taking and visually stunning in every respect. We are so thrilled to bring Kneehigh to Galway.”

Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult will run at the Town Hall Theatre from Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 July 2017. Tickets, priced from €22 - €29.50, will go on sale on Tuesday 21 March from Galway International Arts Festival ( ) and the Town Hall Theatre ( ).


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