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. World Premiere (West End). An Old Vic and Wise Children productionPerformers Sam Archer (Young Peregrine), Ankur Bahl (Young Melchior), Stu Barker (The Band), Omari Douglas (Showgirl Nora), Mirabelle Gremaud (Young Nora), Alex Heane (The Band), Paul Hunter (Melchior), Melissa James (Showgirl Dora), Bettrys Jones (Young Dora), Patrycja Kujawska (Lady Atalanta/Wheelchair), Etta Murfitt (Nora not Mar 26-Apr 6), Emma Rice (Nora Mar 26-Apr 6), Katy Owen (Grandma Chance), Ian Ross (Band Leader), Gareth Snook (Dora), Mike Shepherd (Peregrine).
Author Emma Rice (from the novel by Angela Carter). Producer Belgrade Theatre Coventry. Producer Oxford Playhouse. Producer York Theatre Royal. Adapted by Emma Rice. Director Emma Rice. Design Vicki Mortimer. Other Lyndie Wright (puppetry). Lighting Malcolm Rippeth. Sound Simon Baker. Design Simon Baker (video). Music Ian Ross. Musical Director Ian Ross. Choreographer Etta Murfitt.