Kneehigh Theatre

Based in Cornwall, Kneehigh tells stories and creates theatre of humanity from an epic and tiny scale. It works with an ever-changing ensemble of performers, musicians, artists, technicians and administrators, and is passionate about its multi-disciplined creative process.  

Kneehigh aims to collaborate with fellow human beings, whether they are adults or children, professionals or outsiders. Aiming to create events and offer experiences that can profoundly change people's lives, it creates relevant and emotionally charged work, reaching out to the non-theatre going community, to build a non-elite audience and to celebrate our time on the planet.

Kneehigh chooses to be based and work in Cornwall, within a community but outside the ‘business'. Inspired by Cornwall and calmed by Cornwall, it dedicates itself to thinking outside the constraints of fear and neurosis. Taking in the principles of play, generosity, vulnerability, ambition, bravery, anarchy and instinct, it believes that human beings are capable of anything and push to find new depths, new joys and new excitements in its relationship to its work and its audiences.

  • Image: Tristan & Yseult. Photograph: Steve Tanner
  • Image: The Wild Bride. Photograph: Steve Tanner
  • Image: The Red Shoes. Photograph: Steve Tanner


The Wild Bride

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 9
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Staging


In a stunning elemental world of dust, clay and fire here is a red hot story with a brutal edge and a beating heart... The story of what happens when your father accidentally sells you to the Devil.

This epic and poetic wondertale is classic Kneehigh stuff. Charting a life from child to adult, you can expect instinctive storytelling, devilish humour and a heady mix of live blues music and devilish humour. The Wild Bride is a grown up, spring bud, dustball of a romance for brave children and adults alike.

Tristan & Yseult

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 9
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Staging


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. Sink down upon us. Night of love, make me forget I live.

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


Wraparound work

Kneehigh also offer post show talks and introductory workshops with the Director/s.

Press Comments & Testimonials

"Kneehigh stands head and shoulders above most other touring companies in Britain"

The Telegraph

"If this show doesn't make you fall in love with theatre, there's no potion on Earth that can help you." *****

The Guardian on Tristan and Yseult

"Spectacular yet intimate... I loved it" ***** 

The Times on Tristan and Yseult

"[Kneehigh] have influenced a new generation of theatre makers"

 The Times

"From humble beginnings, Kneehigh have found fame and fans around the world without betraying their Cornish roots"

Western Morning News


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Artistic Director(s)

Emma Rice & Mike Shepherd

Contact details

Paul Crewes
Executive Producer & Chief Executive

15 Walsingham Place

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