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‘Let’s have all the skeletons out of the closet, today, of all days!’

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Mon 8 Oct - Sat 10 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

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Emma Rice’s new company deliver with Angela Carter’s twisty story spanning a hundred years and telling the family history of Shakespearian actor Melchior Hazard and his illegitimate twin daughters, the Chance sisters, a pair of hoofers. This is fabulous stuff—as saucy as a seaside postcard and as tender as a broken heart—operating as a series of illusions and reveals as it explores high culture and low art and asks what family really means. This gorgeously gaudy performance feels like a very personal show from Emma Rice and one which revels and celebrates the transforming power of theatre itself.

About Wise Children

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.