Bristol Old Vic, Kneehigh and Wise Children present Kneehigh’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk online, starring Audrey Brisson (Amélie) and Marc Antolin (Little Shop of Horrors).
The show is written by Daniel Jamieson and directed by Emma Rice, with music by Ian Ross, set and costume design by Sophia Clist, lighting design by Malcolm Rippeth, sound design by Simon Baker and choreography by Etta Murfitt.
Due to incredible demand for tickets for the live streams, the three companies today announce an extension to the show’s run. The production can now purchased in advance and watched at any time from 11 to 18 December 2020.
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk reunites the original cast Antolin (Marc Chagall) and Brisson (Bella Chagall) with musicians Ian Ross and James Gow. Performances will be broadcast live to audience’s homes nationally and globally.
Emma Rice said, “Tickets for the live broadcasts of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk have been selling like hot piroshki, so, with the news that Bristol will be placed in tier 3 after lockdown, we’ve decided to make the show available on-demand for one extra week. It won’t be live (like the broadcasts on 3rd, 4th and 5th Dec) but it does mean you can watch it at whatever time suits you. So, what you might lose in the jeopardy of the live event, you will gain in glorious flexibility and independence! The on-demand shows also deliciously coincide with Hanukkah, so why not take the opportunity to light the candles, snuggle up and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of one of the most famous (and romantic) Jewish artists? I carry this show in my heart and I want as many people as possible to enjoy the moving, healing and hopeful magic of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.”
Tom Morris, Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic, also commented, “These are mad times for theatre. But whatever tier they put us in, we are determined to entertain Bristol this Christmas. So we’re delighted to announce this new release of the on-demand edition of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. And don’t worry, live audiences will be back at Bristol Old Vic as soon as we can legally welcome you. We are fighting like cats for that, I can assure you! And in the meantime, what could be more delicious than running yourself a piping hot bath, pouring a Russian cocktail (alcohol free or heady), lighting a candle, and watching The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.”
Perhaps you’ve seen them floating over a Russian village? Or perhaps you’ve seen her toppling forward, arms full of wild flowers, as he arches above her head and steals a kiss.
Meet Marc and Bella Chagall—the flying lovers of Vitebsk! Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella 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…
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk was originally produced by Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic.
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