Emma Rice’s new theatre company will become Company in Residence at The Old Vic Theatre

The outgoing Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe recently announced the creation of theatre company Wise Children, which will be based in the South West of England, but have national significance.

The Old Vic, bithplace of Sadler’s Wells, English National Opera, the Royal Ballet and the National Theatre, will now be the first home to the fledgling theatre company.

Rice said “It makes total narrative and thrilling sense to start the Wise Children journey at The Old Vic! This iconic, independent and proudly innovative theatre has hosted Shakespeare and Variety, music and dance alike for almost 200 years and it is the perfect first home for my company and for our first production.”

In welcoming Rice to The Old Vic, Matthew Warchus, Artistic Director, said “In 2018 The Old Vic celebrates 200 years of independent, creatively adventurous theatre. Emma and all she stands for is symbolic of the optimism and irrepressible spirit that has kept The Old Vic at the forefront of artistic adventure for the last two centuries.”

Rice’s first production will be an adaptation of Angela Carter’s seminal novel Wise Children, a love letter to theatre, which will open Matthew Warchus’ fourth Season (2018/2019) at the Old Vic.

Created and led by Emma Rice, Wise Children will become an Arts Council, National Portfolio Organisation for 2018-22.