Wise Children

The Old Vic, London

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

Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, is brought to the stage in a new adaptation by Emma Rice.

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.

Wise Children is booking from 8 October 2018 until 10 November 2018 at the Old Vic Theatre, London.


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…


The cast features Sam Archer, Ankur Bahl, Stu Barker, Omari Douglas, Mirabelle Gremaud, Alex Heane, Paul Hunter, Melissa James, Bettrys Jones, Patrycja Kujawska, Etta Murfitt, Katy Owen, Ian Ross, Gareth Snook and Mike Shepherd.


Adapted and directed by Emma Rice with design by Vicki Mortimer, musical direction by Ian Ross, choreography by Etta Murfitt, sound and video design by Simon Baker, lighting design by Malcolm Rippeth, animation by Beth Carter and Stuart Mitchell, puppetry design by Lyndie Wright and figth direction by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.


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The Old Vic
Address: Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501

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