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About Wise Children

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

It’s 23 April, and also Shakespeare’s birthday.

Set in Brixton, twin ladies, Nora and Dora Chance, 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.

And so does his twin brother, Peregrine. That’s if 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.

Adapted by Emma Rice (The Globe’s Romantics Anonymous and Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter), she 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.

Last updated: September, 2018