The Wife of Willesden Tickets London Theatre

The Wife of Willesden Tickets

Adapted by Zadie Smith from Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath

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“The Kiln theatre will be transformed into a pub for Zadie Smith’s playwrighting debut which reimagines Chaucer’s Wife of Bath as a five times married local woman, Alvita, hanging out in her Kilburn local and telling anyone her life story who will listen. It’s quite a life, full of triumphs and mistakes, and the way she tells it is bawdy and riotous. Smith wrote the play as a gift to the London borough of Brent where she was born, with Alvita as a 21st century Chaucerian heroine full of life, blag and stories.”
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A proper local legend. Married five times. Mother. Lover. Aunt. Friend. Alvita will tell her life story to anyone in the pub – there’s no shame in her game. The question is: are you ready to hear it? Because this woman’s got the gift of the gab: she can rewrite mistakes into triumphs, turn pain into parables, and her love life’s an epic poem. They call her The Wife of Willesden…

A play that celebrates the human knack for telling elaborate tales, especially about our own lives.

Critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, best-selling author Zadie Smith makes her playwriting debut, transporting Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath to 21st Century North West London.

Director Indhu Rubasingham invites you to take your seat at the bar, order a pint or two, and listen to this bawdy, beautiful new comedy up close, and very, very personal.

The Kiln Theatre auditorium will be transformed into the infamous Sir Colin Campbell pub, complete with some pub tables in the stalls and over 3,000 tickets available at only £15.

Critic reviews

Joyous coming together of a community that does well in inviting us to their well-earned celebration


A saucy ode to Brent

· The Arts Desk

This is another towering performance from Clare Perkins

· Broadway World

Clare Perkins gives a mesmerising central performance

· Theatre Weekly

Zadie Smith’s stunning take on Chaucer’s tale

· The Times

Zadie Smith's lively theatrical debut is a love letter to her home

· London Theatre

Zadie Smith goes from page to stage with Chaucer modernisation

· WhatsOnStage

An irresistibly rambunctious theatrical debut from Zadie Smith

· The Telegraph

Bursts with energy and smuttiness

· The Stage

Zadie Smith’s witty take on Chaucer pulls its punches

· The Independent

Zadie Smith’s debut play is a raucous riff on Chaucer

· Time Out

Zadie Smith’s offbeat first play

· Evening Standard

Zadie Smith’s boozy lock-in is a bawdy treat

· The Guardian
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Thu 11 Nov 2021 - Sat 15 Jan 2022, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


269 Kilburn High Road NW6 7JR London, UK · Get Directions
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
Photo by Marc Brenner
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