The national tour of Wise Children, the inaugural show by Emma Rice’s company, also named Wise Children, will end its UK tour at the Belgrade Theatre. The stage adaptation of Angela Carter’s novel comes to Coventry from 2 to 6 April 2019, so book your tickets now!
As an extra treat for audiences in the Midlands, Rice, who also directs the production, will play the role of Nora Chance, which had previously been played by the show’s choreographer, Etta Murfitt.
Wise Children is a big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak that celebrates show business, family, forgiveness and hope. The entertaining theatrical tale is packed with show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity.
It is 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…
Wise Children premiered at the Old Vic, which co-produces the show, as part of Matthew Warchus‘ fourth season as Artistic Director. Following its London premiere, it toured to Oxford Playhouse, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Bristold Old Vic, HOME Manchester, York Theatre Royal, Richmond Theatre and Storyhouse Chester before arriving at the Belgrade Theatre.
Speaking about taking to the stage in both Richmond and Coventry, Emma Rice said,
“We’ve been on such a glorious adventure with our company Wise Children, and I can’t think of a better way to finish our debut tour than stepping into the limelight alongside our wonderful cast to perform in Richmond and Coventry. It’s an honour to share the stage with them and I’m very much looking forward to it!”
Joining Rice in the cast are Gareth Snook as Nora’s twin, Dora, Paul Hunter and Mike Shepherd (Melchior and Peregrine Hazard), Ankur Bahl and Sam Archer (Young Melchior and Peregrine), Omari Douglas (Showgirl Nora), Mirabelle Gremaud and Melissa James (both Showgirl Dora), Bettrys Jones (Young Dora), Katy Owen (Grandma Chance), Patrycja Kujawska, Stu Barker, Alex Heane and Ian Ross.
Prior to founding Wise Children, Rice was Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, where she directed productions including Romantics Anonymous and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Before that she was Artistic Director of innovative theatremakers Kneehigh, where her productions included The Red Shoes, The Bacchae, A Matter of Life and Death and Brief Encounter.
Wise Children runs at the Belgrade Theatre as part of a spring season that also includes The Mousetrap, wrestling comedy Glory and touring musical Club Tropicana.
Wise Children runs from 2 to 6 April 2019 at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with matinees Thursday and Saturday at 2pm. Tickets are priced £19.25-£27.25. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Belgrade Theatre
Belgrade Theatre opened in 1958 as part of the rebuilding of Coventry after the Second World War. It received its name due to the gift of timber made by the Serbian capital, which was central to the construction of the new auditorium. It is the major arts and cultural facility in Coventry, and is part of a group of organisations promoting engagement with the arts as Coventry prepares to be the 2021 City of Culture.