Two characters look anguished on the phone


Tue 20 - Sat 24 November 2018
Tickets £20 - £39*

Book now

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 pain, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, mischief and mistaken identity - and butterflies by the thousand.

Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Tristan & Yseult, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk and Brief Encounter) brings her unique, musical and exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel, Wise Children, at the same time launching her new theatre company of the same name.

Buffet bOX

Click here to pre-order a delicious Buffet Box for Wise Children

Pre-show talks (booking essential on 01223 503333)
Hosted by Emma Rice, Artistic Director of Wise Children and Mary Beard, English scholar and classicist.
Post-show talks
Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval

Age Guidance

14+ (Contains strong language and themes of an adult nature)


Tuesday - Saturday, 7.45pm
and Saturday, 2.30pm: £20/£29/£34/£39*
Thursday, 2.30pm: £20/£29/£34*

*All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee

Book now


  • Wise Children
  • Wise Children
  • Wise Children
  • Wise Children
  • Wise Children
  • Wise Children


  • 'A gloriously colourful and unashamedly bold first show'

    Broadway World
  • 'A love letter to theatre'

    The Stage
  • 'An inventive, smart and saucy production'

    The Guardian
  • 'Joyous and inventive'

    Evening Standard
  • 'Bonkers but brilliant'

    Daily Mail