Wise Children, Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic have today announced dates and casting for the upcoming digital tour of Daniel Jamieson’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.

Marc Antolin and Audrey Brisson (c)Steve Tanner.

Directed by Emma Rice, the production will see Marc Antolin (Marc Chagall) and Audrey Brisson (Bella Chagall), reprising their roles from the original production when it returns for the digital tour from the 3rd to the 5th December. The production will be performed at Bristol Old Vic, and broadcast live to audience’s homes nationally and globally – tickets are available now.

Theatres across the UK and abroad will sell tickets to their audiences, with partners including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, York Theatre Royal and Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry, Spoleto Festival USA and Wallis Annenberg Centre for the Performing Arts with more to be announced. 

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.

Emma Rice said: “Following the heady success of our Romantics Anonymous live broadcast, we have decided to get straight back on the theatre horse and do it again!  There are so few creative ‘wins’ in these topsy turvy times that we thought it would be rude not to create all the joy, community and employment that we can – and to do it as fast as we can.  It is strange to find myself so exhilarated and energised by this new digital platform. I have devoted my life to the thrill of live experience and the celebration of the collective imagination – but as these precious things fade into memory, it is time to stray to pastures new. And, whilst nothing will ever replace the thrill of a night out at the theatre, live broadcast is a wonderful new adventure.  Fresh, fun and intimate; it feels like we are flying on a motorcycle with nothing ahead of us. We are intoxicated as we learn new skills, build new teams and experience new triumphs! We are taking the utmost care to protect all of our valued team but all the preparation will all be worth it when, for one short week, we immerse ourselves in the spiritually intimate and genuinely moving, real life love story of Marc and Bella Chagall.”

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk will be broadcast live to  audience’s homes nationally and globally from the 3rd to the 5th December. To book tickets visit: https://www.wisechildrendigital.com/  


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