Press Release - Tristan & Yseult

Exclusively at South Coast Repertory: Tristan & Yseult From the Internationally Acclaimed British Theatre Company Kneehigh

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2015)—An epic tale of passion is served up with wit as Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult makes an exclusive stop in Orange County at South Coast Repertory. Tristan & Yseult, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, runs on the Segerstrom Stage, Jan. 23-Feb. 22. Tickets are now available at

Kneehigh is an internationally acclaimed British theatre company that has thrilled audiences throughout the world with productions like The Wild Bride and Brief Encounter. In their production, Tristan & Yseult, a cabaret band performs above the stage as this romantic epic is played out with wild abandon and stunning theatricality. It’s the timeless story of forbidden love—brought to new heights of passion.

“As the story unfolds, I realize there is not one person in the audience who doesn’t profoundly recognize something in the situation—to love someone that you shouldn’t, to betray someone you love, to be betrayed and left and, most painful—to be unloved,” said director Emma Rice.

Kneehigh seeks out imaginative ways to tell their stories, effortlessly blending comedy, drama and irresistible fun.  The New York Times said: “This crossing of emotional boundaries … is the shaping force of Tristan & Yseult. And I can’t think of another company that achieves this dynamic as vividly and unexpectedly as Kneehigh does.”

“Kneehigh’s work is fantastic and I’ve been a fan of the company for many years,” said SCR Artistic Director Marc Masterson. “When the opportunity to host this incredibly inventive company became possible, we jumped at the chance. South Coast Repertory audiences are in for a real treat—and the perfect Valentine.”

The cast for Tristan & Yseult includes Niall Ashdown, Damon Daunno, Tom Jackson Greaves, Robert Luckay, Dominic Marsh, Mike Shepherd, Hannah Vassallo and Kirsty Woodward. The musicians for Tristan & Yseult are Stu Barker, Pat Moran, Justin Radford, Lizzy Westcott and James Gow. All are making their SCR debuts.

The design and creative team includes Stu Barker, composer and music director; Bill Mitchell, designer; Malcolm Rippeth, lighting designer; Gregory Clarke, sound designer; Paul Crewes, producer; David Harraway, Kneehigh production manager; Steph Curtis, company stage manager; Josh Reeves, technical stage manager; Jimin Brelsford, sound; Stephanie Bucher, lighting associate; Brendan Aanes, sound associate; and Sarah Wright, prop and puppetry maker. Joshua Marchesi is SCR’s production manager.

Tristan & Yseult
is generously supported by Honorary Producers Sophie and Larry Cripe and Steve and Laurie Duncan. The media partner is the Orange County Business Journal.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for Tristan & Yseult

May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Jan.23- Feb 22. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced preview performances run Jan. 23-29. 

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Friday and Sunday, Jan. 23-24, at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 25, 27 and 28 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m.
      Note: Friday, Jan. 30, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special notes: There are no Monday performances. There is no evening performance on Sunday, Feb. 22.

  • Evening performances:
    • Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 3-4, Feb. 8, 10-11, Feb. 15, 17-18, at 7:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays-Saturdays, Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 19-21, 8 p.m.
  • Matinees:
    • Saturdays-Sundays, Jan. 31-Feb 1, Feb. 7-8, Feb. 14-15 and Feb. 21-22 at 2:30 p.m.
  • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, Feb. 4, and Tuesday, Feb. 10. Discuss the play with cast members of Tristan & Yseult during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR's production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of Tristan & Yseult. The event includes a guided tour of the set. Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Upcoming Productions: The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, through Jan. 25; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Dwayne Hartford, Feb. 6-22 (Theatre for Young Audiences); tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee, March 8-29; Of Good Stock by Melissa Ross, March 27-April 26; Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph, April 12-May 3; Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, May 8-June 7; and OZ 2.5 by Catherine Trieschmann, May 22-June 7. The Pacific Playwrights Festival is April 24-26. More information is available at

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.