Wise Children

Emma Rice directs Angela Carter's seminal novel Running from
Last event: Saturday 23 March 2019 at 7.30pm
  • £18.50 - £31.50 (each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee)
    Discounts for school groups available
    Book early to guarantee the best price
  • Storyhouse Theatre

Part of: On Stage

★★★★ – The Stage
★★★★ – Financial Times
★★★★ – Metro
★★★★ – Radio Times
★★★★ – Time Out
★★★★ – The Sunday Times
★★★★ – Evening Standard
★★★★★ – North West End
★★★★★ – Northern Soul
★★★★★ – Broadway World

★★★★ “This celebration of showbiz and the value of family is glorious — an explosion of theatrical glee”
– The Times

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…

‘What a joy it is to dance and sing!’

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 (Kneehigh Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe) brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children.

★★★★★ I cannot imagine anyone who loves theatre not being bowled over by this life-enhancing, brilliantly uninhibited, all-singing and dancing adaptation… Joyous.”
– The Observer

★★★★ “This celebration of showbiz and the value of family is glorious — an explosion of theatrical glee”
– The Times

★★★★★ “The ultimate love letter to theatre. Complete with stars, spotlights, showgirls and Shakespeare… This is a spectacle to behold. I’d be interested to find a theatre lover who doesn’t love this show…”
– Upstaged Manchester

★★★★ “Spectacular… An inventive, smart and saucy production.”
– The Guardian


Thursday’s performance will have a post-show discussion with members of the company, chaired by Storyhouse Artistic Director Alex Clifton.

An Old Vic and Wise Children production
Co-produced by the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Oxford Playhouse and York Theatre Royal

Download the Wise Children Education Resource Pack here.
School, college, University and other education groups can get £15 tickets. Email groups@storyhouse.com for more information and to book.




Approx 150 mins

Time details

Post show discussion on Thu 21 Mar

Season On Stage

From musicals, dance and comedy, to opera, drama and family – there’s something for everyone on stage at Storyhouse.

We are in a fight for survival. 

Our charity is resilient, but we need your help to come back even stronger. We can only do that with the support of our 1m customers and friends.

There are four ways you can help us, click here to find out more.