Wise Children and The Old Vic present
The world première of
By Angela Carter
Adapted and directed by Emma Rice
Co-producers York Theatre Royal, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Oxford Playhouse.
York Theatre Royal, 5 – 16 March
Following its critically acclaimed world premiere in London at the Old Vic, Wise Children – written by Angela Carter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice – comes to York Theatre Royal from 5 -16 March.
Wise Children marks a reunion for York Theatre Royal’s Executive Director Tom Bird and Emma Rice. He was Executive Producer at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London and worked with Emma during her time there as Artistic Director.
Now Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, launching her new theatre company of the same name.
In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 75th 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.