The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk fly into Northampton’s Royal Theatre

Kneehigh’s award-winning production of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 April.


Written by Daniel Jamieson and directed by Emma Rice (Brief Encounter and Oedipussy at Royal & Derngate), The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk is a dazzling play, drawing from the life and work of iconic artist, Marc Chagall.

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.

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 hometown in Vitebsk in an extraordinary mystical lament, conveying love, loss, exile and the miracle of survival.


The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk takes to the Royal stage from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 April at 7.45pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets – priced from £9 to £32* – can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk.

* A charge of £3 applies for all transactions of £15 and over. Does not apply to Groups, Friends or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.