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Wise Children UK Tour additional dates announced

Showgirl Dora (Melissa James) and Showgirl Nora (Omari Douglas) in Wise Children at The Old Vic. Photo by Steve Tanner
Showgirl Dora (Melissa James) and Showgirl Nora (Omari Douglas) in Wise Children at The Old Vic. Photo by Steve Tanner

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.

‘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 – 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!

Wise Children Tour Listings
Oxford Playhouse
Until Saturday 17 November
www.oxfordplayhouse.com
Box Office: 01865 305305

Cambridge Arts Theatre
Tuesday 20 November – Saturday 24 November
www.cambridgeartstheatre.com
Box Office: 01223 503333

2019
Bristol Old Vic
Weds 23 January – Saturday 9 February
www.bristololdvic.org.uk
Box Office: 0117 987 7877

Home Manchester
Tuesday 26 February – Saturday 2 March
www.homemcr.org
0161 200 1500

York Theatre Royal
Tuesday 5 March – Saturday 16 March
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
Box Office: 01904 623568

Richmond Theatre
Tuesday 26 March – Saturday 30 March
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/richmond-theatre/
Box Office: 0844 871 7651

Storyhouse Chester
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 March
www.storyhouse.com/
Box Office: 01244 409 113

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 April
www.belgrade.co.uk
Box Office: 024 7655 3055

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