Directed by Emma Rice
Choreographed by Etta Murfitt
Assistant Choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves
Written by Angela Carter
Design by Vicki Mortimer
Music composer by Ian Ross
Lighting Design by Malcolm Rippeth
Sound Design by Simon Baker
Puppet Direction by Sarah Wright
Premiered at London's Old Vic on the 6th of October 2018
‘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 75th 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.