Wise Children
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Wise Children Tickets

The Old Vic, London, SE1 8NB
  • Emma Rice launches her new theatre company and its London residency at The Old Vic with Wise Children

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


    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 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 showgirls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity - and butterflies by the thousand.

    Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Tristan & Yseult, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Brief Encounter) brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children.

    At The Old Vic in Waterloo, book your Wise Children tickets today!

    Please note:
    *Recommended for ages 14+. This production contains some sexual content, swearing and adult themes throughout.
    **The appearance of any particular artist cannot be guaranteed. If in doubt please check with the Box Office before booking.

  • The Old Vic

    103 The Cut,
    Corner of Waterloo Road,
    London,
    SE1 8NB

  • Full Seating Plan
    The Old Vic Seating Plan
  • EVENING STANDARD

    4 stars
    'Melancholy yet joyous and inventive'


    THE GUARDIAN

    4 stars
    'Spectacular. Inventive, smart and saucy'


    THE TIMES

    4 stars
    'An explosion of theatrical glee'


    TIME OUT

    4 stars
    'Glorious. It's great to be back on Planet Rice'


    DAILY MAIL

    4 stars
    'Brilliant'


    RADIO TIMES

    4 stars
    'It's impossible not to be enchanted'


    THE STAGE

    4 stars
    'One huge love letter to theatre'