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Blue Beard the Magician makes hearts flutter and pupils dilate. With a wink, a stroke and a flick - things just seem to vanish. Cards, coins, scarves… and women. 


Puff! Gone. Without a trace.


He meets his match when his young bride discovers his dark and murderous secret. She summons all her rage, all her smarts and all her sisters to bring the curtain down on his tyrannous reign.


Emma Rice brings her own brand of theatrical wonder to this most beguiling and disturbing of tales. With her signature sleight of hand, Blue Beard explores curiosity and consent, violence and vengeance - all through an intoxicating lens of music, wit and tender truth.


When someone tells you not to look, OPEN THE BLOODY DOOR!

Book Tickets
12th - 30th March
The Lyceum Edinburgh
9th - 20th April
Birmingham Rep
23rd April – 18th May
Battersea Arts Centre


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"My name is Karim Amir, and I am an Englishman born and bred. Almost."

South London in the late seventies. High unemployment, high inflation, food shortages and strikes. But despite the winter of discontent, 17 year-old Karim’s life is about to explode into glorious technicolour as he
navigates a path to enlightenment. Or at the very least, Beckenham.

Hanif Kureishi and Emma Rice adapt Kureishi’s award-winning 1990 novel, which was later turned into an acclaimed TV series. On stage it becomes an irresistible, heart-breaking and joyful exploration of family, friends, sex,
theatre and, ultimately, belonging.


Emma's news production opens at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon and runs between 18th April and 1st June

Age guidance 13+


Wise Children is a theatre company created and led by multi-award-winning director Emma Rice. We make ground-breaking work with exceptional artists and tour it across the UK and internationally. We run a unique professional development programme, The School for Wise Children, training a new and more diverse generation of theatre practitioners. We’re also working to transform touring theatre in the UK, challenging outmoded models and discovering the creative spaces of the future.

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