The Wife of Willesden, Kiln Theate

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Kiln Theatre, London

Zadie Smith‘s bawdy beautiful comedy

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.

After a sold-out, critically acclaimed run in 2021, Alvita, The Wife of Willesden returns for one more round at the bar. Get tickets to Zadie Smith‘s bawdy beautiful comedy, The Wife of Willesden as the Kiln Theatre auditorium is transformed into a Local pub, complete with pub tables in the stalls.

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

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

The Wife of Willesden runs from 14 December 2022 until 28 January 2023 at the Kiln Theatre, London.

What is The Wife of Willesden about?

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…

Who’s in the cast of The Wife of Willesden

Clare Perkins will play Alvita, The Wife of Willesden. Further casting to be announced.

The Wife of Willesden creative team

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham with design by Robert Jones, lighting by Guy Hoare, composition and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham and movement direction by Imogen Knight. Associate director is Hannah Hauer-King, casting director is Julia Horan CDG and associate costume design is by Kinnetia Isidore.

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

Reviews of The Wife of Willesden

★★★★★ ‘Zadie Smith and Indhu Rubasingham have concocted a stunning piece of freewheeling stagecraft.’ - The Times
★★★★ ‘Irresistibly rambunctious theatrical debut.’ - The Telegraph
‘It’s dazzling to behold Smith’s intelligence at work.’ - Time Out

Show Information

Running time
1 hour 20 minutes (no interval)
Performance dates
14 December 2022 - 28 January 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Cast Highlights

Important Notes

Post Show Q&A: 10 Jan 2023, 7.30pm & 27 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 12 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Fundraising Performance: 19 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: 23 Jan 2023, 7.30pm

Venue Information

Kiln Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR
Nearest Tube or Train: Kilburn (Jubilee line) / Brondesbury rail station
Nearest Buses: 16, 32, 189, 332, 632
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