Wise Children Tickets

The Old Vic, London
Wise Children
The Old Vic, London
Our Review 4 / 5

‘Let’s have all the skeletons out of the closet, today, of all days!’

It’s 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday.

In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 70th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father and greatest actor of his generation Melchior Hazard turns 100 on the same day. As does his twin brother Peregrine. If, in fact, he’s still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all…

A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies by the thousand.

Emma Rice (Romantics AnonymousTristan & Yseult, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk and Brief Encounter) brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, launching her new theatre company of the same name and its London residency at The Old Vic.

Photo credits: Steve Tanner, Hugo Glendinning.

Previews from |
8th October 2018
Opening date |
17th October 2018
Booking from |
7th November 2018
Available until |
10th November 2018
Closes |
10th November 2018
Run time |
2 hours 10 minutes
Categories |
Recommend age: 14+ (some sexual content, swearing and adult themes throughout)
Angela Carter, adapted by Emma Rice
An Old Vic and Wise Children production
Emma Rice

The Old Vic Venue Information

The Old Vic, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB
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Our Review of Wise Children


The dazzling theatre magician that is Emma Rice has just conjured the latest chapter, in every sense, of her compelling and revolutionary adventures in theatreland. From Kneehigh, the touring company based in Cornwall which propelled her to the National, the West End and Broadway, to her sadly abbreviated tenure at the helm of Shakespeare's Globe, she is a bold and brilliant theatremaker, who brings a highly distinctive artistic signature and sensitivity to her work. Read more

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