The Wife of Willesden Tickets London Theatre

The Wife of Willesden Tickets

After a sold-out, critically acclaimed run in 2021, Alvita, The Wife of Willesden returns for one more round at the bar.

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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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Overview

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…

Critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, best-selling author Zadie Smith‘s ‘irresistably rambunctious’ (The Telegraph) The Wife of Willesden transports 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.

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

The Kiln Theatre auditorium will be transformed into a local London pub, complete with pub tables in the stalls.

Age Recommendation: 14

Critic reviews

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

Exeunt (2021)

A saucy ode to Brent (2021)

· The Arts Desk

This is another towering performance from Clare Perkins

· Broadway World (2021)

Clare Perkins gives a mesmerising central performance

· Theatre Weekly (2021)

Zadie Smith’s stunning take on Chaucer’s tale

· The Times (2021)

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

· London Theatre (2021)

Zadie Smith goes from page to stage with Chaucer modernisation

· WhatsOnStage (2021)

An irresistibly rambunctious theatrical debut from Zadie Smith

· The Telegraph (2021)

Bursts with energy and smuttiness

· The Stage (2021)

Zadie Smith’s witty take on Chaucer pulls its punches

· The Independent (2021)

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

· Time Out (2021)

A raucous updating of Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath

· Evening Standard (2021)

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

· The Guardian (2021)

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Date & time

Opening 14 Dec
Wed 14 Dec 2022 - Sat 28 Jan 2023
2.30pm & 7.30pm

Post Show Q&A:
Tue 10 Jan
Fri 27 Jan, 7.30pm

Audio Described:
Thu 12 Jan, 7.30pm

Captioned:
Mon 23 Jan, 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 40 mins

Venue

269 Kilburn High Road NW6 7JR London, UK · Get Directions
From 2021, photo by Marc Brenner
From 2021, photo by Marc Brenner
From 2021, photo by Marc Brenner
From 2021, photo by Marc Brenner
From 2021, photo by Marc Brenner
From 2021, photo by Marc Brenner
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