Tue 05 Mar - Sat 16 Mar
Time: 7.30pm, matinees 2pm Thursday & 2.30pm Saturday
Venue: Main House
Ticket Information: From £17
Age Recommendations: 12+
Produced by: The Old Vic and Wise Children
Co-Produced by: Oxford Playhouse, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and York Theatre Royal
Written by: Angela Carter
Adapted and Directed by: Emma Rice
Set & Costume Designed by: Vicki Mortimer
Lighting Designed by: Malcolm Rippeth
Choreographer: Etta Murfitt
Composer: Ian Ross
Sound Designed by: Simon Baker
Puppetry Director: Sarah Wright
By Angela Carter
‘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 Anonymous; Tristan & Yseult) brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children.
What a joy it is to dance and sing!
Audio Described: Thursday 14 March, 7:30pm & Saturday 16 March, 2:30pm
BSL: Friday 15 March, 7:30pm