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Three new shows announced as part of Kneehigh's Asylum Season

The season includes Emma Rice directing her last production as Kneehigh artistic director

Emma Rice will direct her final production as Kneehigh artistic director

Kneehigh's Asylum season is set to return to Cornwall for its sixth year, with three new shows announced including Emma Rice's final production as Kneehigh artistic director, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.

Set in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the purpose-built tent will house a series of performances and shows from 14 July to 28 August.

Artwork for The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Running from 14 to 31 July, Daniel Jamieson's The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk tells of a young couple navigating the Russian Revolution and each other. The production comes to Cornwall after a run at London's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in June.

Simon Harvey then directs FUP, his adaptation of US novelist Jim Dodge's modern fable about an overweight, whisky-swilling duck. Featuring live, foot-stomping music and quacking puppetry, FUP is brought to the stage from 6 to 21 August.

Lastly, The Two Gentlemen of Verona will run from 24 to 28 August as part of the Shakespeare's Globe and Liverpool Everyman tour. Directed by Nick Bagnall, Shakespeare's classic comedy is led by an ensemble of players and will feature songs, romance and chaos.

Mike Shepherd, artistic director of Kneehigh commented: "This year we bring you not one, not two, but three shows in a more intimate "indigo" Asylum. Kneehigh's new show The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk is brilliantly directed by Emma, the strangely marvellous Fup is directed by Cornwall's own Simon Harvey and we thought it time to try some Shakespeare in the Asylum so we're proud to host the Globe's Two Gentlemen of Verona.

"It's always good to be back amongst the sheep in a sea breeze at Heligan and this year, we also celebrate our new association with the Globe... exciting times."

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