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Thu 3rd Oct

Multi-award-winning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel in this brand-new theatre production. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope, with a generous dash of Shakespeare, scandal and mischief, taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotion.  

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... Performed by a talented ensemble cast, this entertaining, all-singing and dancing show opened to a raft of 4 and 5-star reviews at London’s Old Vic in 2018. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the former Artistic Director of Kneehigh and Shakespeare’s Globe, it was filmed for the cinema screen at York Theatre Royal and is ‘pure, unadulterated theatre.’ 

‘Fantastic. Life-enhancing, brilliantly uninhibited, all-singing and dancing... Stars? I’m not sure why you would stop at five.’ The Observer

‘One huge love letter to theatre’ The Stage

‘An explosion of theatrical glee’ The Times

Cast & Creative


Young Peregrine

Sam Archer

Young Melchior

Ankur Bahl

Showgirl Nora

Omari Douglas

Young Nora

Mirabelle Gremaud

Melchior Hazard

Paul Hunter

Showgirl Dora

Melissa James

Young Dora

Bettrys Jones

Wheelchair/Lady Atalanta/ Blue Eyed Boy

Patrycja Kujawska

Nora Chance

Etta Murfitt

Grandma Chance

Katy Owen

Peregrine Hazard

Mike Shepherd

Dora Chance

Gareth Snook

The Band

Stu Barker

Alex Heane

Ian Ross





Emma Rice

Set & Costume Designer

Vicki Mortimer

Composer & Musical Director

Ian Ross

Lighting Design

Malcolm Rippeth

Sound & Video Design

Simon Baker


Etta Murfitt

Ticketing Info

Thursday 3rd October, 7pm

Tickets £15

All prices include any booking fees.

Friends Priority Booking:

Booking for Friends of The Theatre opens at 10am on 29th July 2019. Please book in person or call the Box Office on 01608 642350.

We hope to offer online priority booking for friends later in 2019. 

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