Wise Children archiveIt'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)
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Archive listings for Wise Children

Work type: Play.


World Premiere (West End). An Old Vic and Wise Children productionProducer 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).
2 Apr 19 to 6 Apr 19Belgrade Theatre, Coventry :: V153
listing details L0884887214
26 Mar 19 to 30 Mar 19Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
listing details L1874679562
19 Mar 19 to 23 Mar 19Storyhouse, Chester :: V1196088186
listing details L2007199931
5 Mar 19 to 16 Mar 19Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L094644373
26 Feb 19 to 2 Mar 19Home Theatre, Manchester :: V1858052535
listing details L0263009421
23 Jan 19 to 16 Feb 19Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
listing details L1981263748
20 Nov 18 to 24 Nov 18Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
listing details L01962066022
13 Nov 18 to 17 Nov 18The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L0570040966
8 Oct 18 to 10 Nov 18Old Vic Theatre, West End :: V402
listing details L01771441181

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