Wise Children

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‘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.

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Wise Children running time: 
2 hours 10 minutes
2 videos 4 images
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

Old Vic Theatre

103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB
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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... Read more

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Casting announced for Emma Rice’s Wise Children at the Old Vic
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Casting has been announced for Emma Rice’s first production with her new company since her departure from Shakespeare’s Globe, Wise Children, which will run at the Old Vic. Wise Children, which is the name of both the play and her new company, has been adapted and will be directed by Rice. It is based on the Angela Carter novel which tells of identical twin chorus girls Dora and Nora Chance, and their theatrical family. It will run at the Old Vic from 8th October, with an official opening night on 17th October.

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