Tristan and Yseult at Shakespeare’s GlobeCultureTheatre
From the Celtic tradition to the best pop music performances, Tristan and Yseult explores the popular tale through the eyes of the Unloved club, who take the audience on a non-stop, exciting journey filled with comedy, tragedy and lost love.
The play tells the story of Cornish King Mark, always at war against those who dare to think with their hearts, not their heads. That is until the princess Yseult crosses his path when he sends Tristan to collect her from Ireland. The love triangle that results from this will send them on a trip where being loved is the ultimate reward, though not without getting bruises on the way.
Starring a vast cast, the performances are easily one of the best parts of this theatre experience. Dominic Marsh (Tristan) and Hannah Vassallo (Yseult) show us a very sensual yet funny portrayal of an impossible love romance, where they become the tools under King Mark’s intentions – that of marrying the sister of his worst enemy.
Directed by Emma Rice and designed by Bill Mitchell, this refreshing musical tragicomedy boasts a very impressive and talented set of musicians, who bring the spirit of the tale to life. Harps and violins elevate the intensity of the prose, and other instruments also complement the contemporary tone of the play by mixing Latin sounds with classical music and 80s hits.
Kyle Lima deserves a special mention for his supporting role as the loyal servant Frocin. His energy and virtuosity on stage are mesmerising. He accomplishes a very unique performance, full of humour, jealousy and a lot of dancing moves. His charisma never steals the show but reinforces scenes, helping with the pace and entertainment value of the piece. Another of the major (and funniest) supporting roles, Brangian, is played by the always talented and incredibly enjoyable Niall Ashdown, definitely one of the highlights of the production.
Acclaimed by most and loved by many, the international success Tristan and Yseult is playing now at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.
Photo: Richard Termine
Tristan and Yseult is at Shakespeare’s Globe from 13th June until 24th June 2017, for further information or to book visit here.
Watch the trailer for Tristan and Yseult here: