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Emma Rice’s Wise Children heads to the big screen


Did you notice the film cameras in our theatre during the run of Emma Rice’s Wise Children back in March? Well, we’re very excited to announce that the film of the show will be heading to a big screen near you!

Multi-award-winning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel to cinemas across the country. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope, with a generous dash of Shakespeare, scandal and mischief, taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotion.

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…

Performed by a spectacular ensemble cast, this all-singing and dancing show opened to a raft of 4 and 5-star reviews at London’s Old Vic in 2018. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the former Artistic Director of Kneehigh and Shakespeare’s Globe, it was filmed for the cinema screen at York Theatre Royal and is ‘pure, unadulterated theatre.’

Wise Children will be screened at the Picturehouse City Screen in York on Thursday 3rd October and Thursday 10th October, so if you missed it when it came to YTR, this is your chance to catch this epic production.

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And don’t forget, Emma Rice’s next theatrical extravaganza, Malory Towers, is coming to York Theatre Royal from 10-14 September 2019.