VenueTheatre Royal
Other spaces: The Studio
CountyNorth Yorkshire
From5th March 2019
To16th March 2019
When19:30. Thu Mat 14:00. Sat Mat 14:30
What is currently on at Theatre Royal (V954)
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Wise Children

Wise ChildrenT01597101879
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.
Author Emma Rice (from the novel by Angela Carter)

Archive :: production:T01597101879, play:S1803407592, venue:V954

Production details

World Premiere (West End). An Old Vic and Wise Children production

Special Performances

  • 14 Mar 19 Audio Described
  • 15 Mar 19 Sign Interpreted
  • 16 Mar 19 Audio Described


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
Performer Sam Archer (Young Peregrine)
Performer Ankur Bahl (Young Melchior)
Performer Stu Barker (The Band)
Performer Omari Douglas (Showgirl Nora)
Performer Mirabelle Gremaud (Young Nora)
Performer Alex Heane (The Band)
Performer Paul Hunter (Melchior)
Performer Melissa James (Showgirl Dora)
Performer Bettrys Jones (Young Dora)
Performer Patrycja Kujawska (Lady Atalanta/Wheelchair)
Performer Etta Murfitt (Nora not Mar 26-Apr 6)
Performer Emma Rice (Nora Mar 26-Apr 6)
Performer Katy Owen (Grandma Chance)
Performer Ian Ross (Band Leader)
Performer Gareth Snook (Dora)
Performer Mike Shepherd (Peregrine)

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