Wise Children


It's 23 April, Shakespeare's birthday. In Brixton, 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.
Wise Children at The Old Vic

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: The Old Vic
Started: Monday 8 October 2018
Closes: Saturday 10 November 2018
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: 14+

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Background


Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Tristan & Yseult, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk and Brief Encounter) 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.


Synopsis


'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 show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity - and butterflies by the thousand.


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Dates


Previews from:Monday 8 October 2018

Press night:Wednesday 17 October 2018

Closes:Saturday 10 November 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Wednesday - 2-30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm


Tickets


Previews:
£10

Standard:
£12, £16, £21, £20, £55, £65

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Cast


Young Peregrine - Sam Archer

Young Melchior - Ankur Bahl

Musician - Stu Barker

Showgirl Nora - Omari Douglas

Young Nora - Mirabelle Gremaud

Musician - Alex Heane

Melchior - Paul Hunter

Showgirl Dora - Melissa James

Young Dora - Bettrys Jones

Wheelchair/Lady Atlanta - Patrycja Kujawska

Nora - Etta Murfitt

Grandma Chance - Katy Owen

Musician - Ian Ross

Dora - Gareth Snook

Peregrine - Mike Shepherd


Creatives


Author: Angela Carter, adapted by Emma Rice
Composer: Ian Ross
Director: Emma Rice
Designer: Vicki Mortimer
Choreography: Etta Murfitt
Lighting: Malcolm Rippeth
Sound: Simon Baker
Visual effects: Beth Carter and Stuart Mitchell (animation)
Fight director: Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown
Video designer: Simon Baker
Puppetry: Lyndie Wright (designer), Sarah Wright (director)
Production: 

Old Vic and Wise Children production.

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


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