Wise Children at Old Vic Theatre tickets
Wise Children at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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About the show

‘Let’s have all the skeletons out of the closet, today, of all days!’

Emma Rice’s new theatre company Wise Children arrives at The Old Vic to begin a London residency. Opening with an adaptation of Angela Carter’s 1991 novel of the same name, the production is co-produced by Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Oxford Playhouse and York Theatre Royal.

It is 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday. Twins and ex-showgirls Nora and Dora Chance are celebrating their 70th birthday down in Brixton. Across the river in Chelsea their father, and famed actor, Melchior Hazard is turning 100. His twin, Peregrine, should also be celebrating – that is, if he is still alive.

But as the story weaves on, twists, turns and surprises are all in store as it transpires that Melchior may not be their father after all… With live music, magic, mishaps and plenty of mistaken identity, Wise Children is the exuberant, unique and uplifting show that brings to life themes of theatre, joy, heartbreak and forgiveness in one unforgettable production.

Cast members include Sam Archer as Young Peregrine, Ankur Bahl as Young Melchior, Mirabelle Gremaud as Young Nora, Bettrys Jones as Young Dora, Omari Douglas as Showgirl Nora, Melissa James as Showgirl Dora, Paul Hunter as Melchior, Etta Murfitt as Nora, Gareth Snook as Dora, Mike Shepherd as Peregrine, Patrycja Kujawska as Wheelchair/Lady Atlanta and Katy Owen as Grandma Chance, as well as Stu Barker, Alex Heane and Ian Ross as Musicians.

Director Emma Rice is best-known for her work with Kneehigh Theatre, producing shows including The Red Shoes, Tristan & Yseult, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk and the ever-successful Brief Encounter. Recently finishing her tenure as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, Rice also directed new musical Romantic Anonymous.

The production also features design by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, sound and video design by Simon Baker and compositions by Ian Ross, as well as choreography by Etta Murfitt, puppetry design by Lyndie Wright and animation by Beth Carter and Stuart Mitchell.

Packed full of theatrical treats, Wise Children marks the premiere of a new theatre company dedicated to bringing magical stories to life. The production plays at The Old Vic for a strictly limited season, from 8 October to 10 November 2018, with a press night on 17 October 2018.

Recommended for

Those who enjoy Emma Rice’s work, which has spanned across popular theatre company Kneehigh and a stint as the Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, will be thrilled by her signature style.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 12 Oct 2018
Press night: 17 Oct 2018
Booking from: 09 Nov 2018
Booking until: 10 Nov 2018

Seating plan

For detailed seating information for Wise Children, please check out our interactive Old Vic Theatre seating plan with 1553 seat reviews and 3 photos of views from seat.

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

34 Reviews Add review

doonakebab 5'10", 189 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A unique piece of theatre that is both weird and wacky BUT very enjoyable! Excellent acting and storytelling.

elainethom 5’ 8, 33 reviews, 0 helpful votes

We really enjoyed this play. Very different and a bit 'off the wall'. It was the story of twin performers' lives and the family's past.... More

battlin 26 reviews, 1 helpful vote

emmac 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Theatrically this is an unrivalled spectacle, very typical of Emma Rice. Casting is excellent, staging and set are brilliant and the... More

emilydiver 5"0, 292 reviews, 15 helpful votes

Engrossed from start to end. Joy and sadness together but very lovely. Wonderful story telling and fabulous choreography.

rachelgreene 109 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Stunning storytelling with a melancholic, dark edge. Engaging throughout.

laurafoulger 5'4", 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

rikkiONshow 178cm, 355 reviews, 6 helpful votes

An enjoyable production directed by the fabulous Emma Rice. I wasn't aware of the story so didn't know what to expect but it was a... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes