Wise Children has announced an additional date for the UK tour of Emma Rice’s adaptation of Wise Children by Angela Carter. The production will now visit Richmond Theatre in addition to Oxford Playhouse, where the tour opened last week, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, HOME Manchester, York Theatre Royal and Storyhouse Chester before completing its run at Belgrade Theatre Coventry on 6 April.
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 – and butterflies by the thousand. Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, launching her new theatre company of the same name.
Emma Rice, said today, “Wise Children is a love letter to theatre, and in particular to the glorious traditions of music hall, pantomime and cabaret. The Richmond Theatre is a perfect addition to the tour! With its glittering chandelier, gilt edged proscenium arch and sumptuous red velvet seats, it’s exactly the kind of theatre our show’s heroines, the Chance Sisters, would have performed in night after night. After a joyful start at The Old Vic, we’re thrilled to be taking our heart warming show to audiences across the country. Bringing it back to Richmond, London and the banks of the Thames is the cherry on the top of our inaugural tour!’