Multi-award-winning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel in this brand-new theatre production.

A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope, with a generous dash of Shakespeare, scandal and mischief, taking the audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotion.

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, along with his twin brother Peregrine. If he is still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all…Performed by a talented ensemble cast, this entertaining, all-singing and dancing show was filmed for the cinema screen at the York Theatre Royal in March 2019. It opened to a raft of 4 and 5-star reviews at London’s Old Vic in 2018. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the former Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, it is ‘pure, unadulterated theatre.’ (★★★★★ Broadway World)

Starring Paul Hunter as Melchior, Gareth Snook as Dora and Etta Murfitt as Nora.

Also, be sure to check out our Theatre Unwrapped discussion where we take an in depth look into the show! It’s free and ready to book so come along and get involved.


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10 October 2019 7:00PM

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Ticket Prices

Full Price from £13.50 Concessions from £11.00
Suitable for 15

Running Time

2 hours 30 minutes