Kneehigh announces UK Tour For The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Kneehigh has announced dates and venues for the 2018 tour of its award-winning production of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, written by Daniel Jamieson and directed by Emma Rice.

 The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk begins this major tour to venues around the UK via the USA.  The production will open to press at Wilton’s Music Hall, London and then travel to the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Beverly Hills (23 Feb – 11 March), before returning to the UK to play in Leeds (20 – 24 March), Salisbury (27 – 31 March) Manchester (3 – 7 April), Exeter (10 – 14 April), Oxford (17 -21 April) and Cheltenham (1 – 5 May) with further dates and venues to be announced.

 Marc and Bella Chagall were the flying lovers of Vitebsk. Partners in life and on canvas, they are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history.

 Emma Rice directs Marc Antolin, who reprises his role as Chagall. Joining him as his wife Bella is Daisy Maywood, in Daniel Jamieson’s critically acclaimed and dazzling play, vividly drawn from the early life of this iconic artist.

 The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk opened to high acclaim at Bristol Old Vic and has enjoyed sold-out runs at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and most recently, the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, where it won the prestigious Carol Tambor, Best of Edinburgh Award, the highest honour at the Edinburgh festival fringe.

 This much anticipated revival traces the lives of the young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other in a vigorous staging woven throughout with live Klezmer music from Ian Ross and James Gow inspired by the Russian Jewish folk tradition.

 Marc Chagall was a leading pioneer of modern art whose vibrant, original style evolved against one of the most tumultuous and terrifying periods in history. Chagall and his young wife were swept up in the confusion and brutality of world wars, revolution, ethnic persecution and the murder and exile of millions.  He responded with a radical, original visual style which was both mythic and dreamlike, fusing everyday settings inspired from his home town in Vitebsk in an extraordinary mystical lament, conveying love, loss, exile and the miracle of survival.

 Marc Antolin’s credits include Romantics Anonymous (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe), Peter Pan (National Theatre), The Trial (Young Vic), Taken At Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket, Chichester Minerva), Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre), From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Matilda (RSC Courtyard Theatre, Cambridge Theatre). Film and Television credits include London Road, Coconut Shy, Love Actually and More Than Love. 

 Daisy Maywood’s credits include Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse), Wonder.Land (National Theatre/MIF), Medea (National Theatre), A Chorus Line (London Palladium), West Side Story (Sage Gateshead/RSC), 42nd Street(Leicester Curve), Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall), Les Miserables (02 Arena).  Television and film credits include London Road and Doctors.


17 January to 10 February 2018

Wilton’s Music Hall 

Tickets: 0207 702 2789

23 February to 11 March 2018

The Wallis Annenberg Center, Beverley Hills

 20 to 24 March 2018

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Tickets: 0113 213 7700

27 to 31 March 2018 – BOOKING OPENS ON 11 NOVEMBER

Salisbury Playhouse

Tickets: 01722 320333

 3 – 7 April 2018

Home Manchester

Tickets: 0161 200 1500

 10 – 14 April 2018

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Tickets: 01392 726363

 17 – 21 April 2018

Oxford Playhouse

Tickets: 01865 305305

 1 – 5 May 2018

Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre

Tickets: 01242 572573

 Further dates to be announced shortly