Wise Children

Wise Children

4 (53) · Contemporary, New Writing

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

Overview

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.

Critic reviews

Rice’s production is one that rightly glitters with the childlike wonder and delight of Carter’s work but never shies away from how wisdom is hard gained

Exeunt

Emma Rice returns to the London stage with an exuberant celebration of theatre

· Financial Times

Angela Carter's love letter to the stage works better on the page

· The Telegraph

Emma Rice's new company, also called Wise Children, opens its first production, an adaptation of Angela Carter's novel Wise Children

· WhatsOnStage

This celebration of showbiz and the value of family is glorious — a controlled explosion of theatrical glee

· The Times

Emma Rice launches her new company with a messy, melancholic and occasionally magical staging of Angela Carter's final novel

· The Stage

Emma Rice returns with racy, joyful oddity inspired by Angela Carter

· Evening Standard

Razzle-dazzle showbiz twins bewitch and delight in an inventive, smart and saucy production

· The Guardian

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Date & time

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

Venue

The Cut SE1 8NB London, UK · Get Directions

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