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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 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.

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 and its London residency at The Old Vic.

An Old Vic and Wise Children production.

Co-produced by the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Oxford Playhouse and York Theatre Royal.



After a month-long run at The Old Vic in London, Wise Children toured to: 


Oxford Playhouse
12 Nov - 17 Nov 2018


Cambridge Arts Theatre
20 Nov - 24 Nov 2019


Bristol Old Vic
23 Jan - 16 Feb 2019


HOME Manchester
26 Feb - 2 Mar 2019


York Theatre Royal
5 Mar - 16 Mar 2019


Storyhouse Chester
19 Mar - 23 March 2019


Richmond Theatre
26 Mar - 30 Mar 2019


Belgrade Theatre Coventry
2 Apr - 6 Apr 2019

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