Angela Carter's Wise Children

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Old Vic and Wise Children presents Wise Children Lets have all the skeletons out of the closet, today, of all days!Its 23 April, Shakespeares 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, hes still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after allA 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 (Romantics Anonymous; Tristan Yseult) brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carters great last novel, Wise Children, launching her new theatre company of the same name.Director: Emma RiceRun time: 150 mins including one interval A heady mixture of spectacle, comedy, music and dance Theres a lot of backstory to fill in; telling it in a single evening in the theatre is no mean achievement, and thats what Emma Rice and her creative colleagues (who have named their company after this piece) achieve so cleverly. - Theatre Reviews NorthA joyous celebration of theatre and of life that fits [Emma] Rices style of theatre absolutely perfectly Get to see it now as, although it will probably be in the repertoire of its namesake company for a long time yet, youll probably want to see it again. - British Theatre GuideA love letter to the theatre, to family, to Shakespeare and to growing old disgracefully Packs a hefty punch of gleeful mischief and playful exuberance. Live Art Alive The ultimate love letter to theatre. Complete with stars, spotlights, showgirls and Shakespeare This is a spectacle to behold. Id be interested to find a theatre lover who doesnt love this show It really has everything youre looking for in a performance. - Upstaged Manchester Another thrilling offering from one of UK theatres most innovative and visionary practitioners A magical and hugely rewarding affair. - The Arts ShelfThe action comes thick and fast, it motors along in a high gear delivering satisfying blows of agreeable entertainment as it goes For fully two hours a carnival-like cabaret act is played out on stage A beautifully bewildering outburst of theatrical wizardry. - The Greater Manchester Reviewer

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