The Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk - The Wallis Edition


Bristol Old Vic | Kneehigh | Wise Children



The Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk

On Demand Edition

Written by Daniel Jamieson & Directed by Emma Rice 

with Music from Ian Ross


“Deeply personal and deeply felt… A whirl of colour and surreal humour.”

The Guardian

About the event

Following the wild success of the Romantics Anonymous live broadcasts, Wise Children have done it again! Together with their friends at Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic, they’ve remounted Kneehigh’s award-winning production of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, directed by Emma Rice. Performed live onstage at the Bristol Old Vic in early December, it’s available for you to watch any time of your choosing from December 11 to 18. 

To pull off this feat, the company of Wise Children have been isolating together in one large bubble—allowing for a brand-new performance in its original form, without social distancing. Watch this visually stunning, intimate, and emotional production on demand, and experience something as magical as one of Marc Chagall’s paintings, with singing, dancing, and perhaps even a large blue fish!

About the show

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 an airborne kiss.

Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall 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.

Daniel Jamieson’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces this young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other.  

Emma Rice’s sumptuous and physical production is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall’s paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by Russian Jewish tradition.

The show will be available beginning 7:30pm on Friday, December 11. A ticket allows you to “rent” the show for 3 days—the three days start from the moment you first click “play” to watch. Tickets can be bought any time until 11:30pm on Friday December 18.



We will keep you updated via email if, for any reason, we are late delivering this version of the show.


The email you receive after purchase is your ticket (check your junk mail if you can't find it). Before the stream goes live on Friday, you will see a countdown clock; this is counting down to when the stream will be available. There's a link in the ticket (and on the confirmation page) that gives lots of info on how to watch the show.