• Wise Children

Event Details

Tue 05 Mar - Sat 16 Mar

Time: 7.30pm, matinees 2pm Thursday & 2.30pm Saturday

Running Time: 2 hours 30 mins (including interval)

Venue: Main House

Ticket Information: From £17

Age Recommendations: 14+

Warning: sexual content, swearing and adult themes throughout

Book Tickets


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 Design: Lyndie Wright

Puppetry Director: Sarah Wright

Animation: Beth Carter and Stuart Mitchell

Fight Directors : Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown

Wise Children

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 75th 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!

Don't miss the post-show discussion following the Wednesday 13 March 7.30pm performance.

★★★★★ Broadway World | ★★★★★ The Observer ★★★★ Sunday Times | ★★★★ The Stage | ★★★★ Daily Mail | ★★★★ Evening Standard | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ Radio Times | ★★★★ Financial Times

Check out the Education Pack here. Commissioned by The Old Vic and written by Susie Ferguson.

Please note that the following performances will be being filmed:

Wed 06 March 7:30pm

Thurs 07 March 2pm

Thurs 07 March 7:30pm

Audio Described: Thursday 14 March, 7:30pm & Saturday 16 March, 2:30pm

BSL: Friday 15 March, 7:30pm