Wise Children, Old Vic
Emma Rice (Romantics Anonymous, Brief Encounter) brings her impish vision to Angela Carter’s great final novel as she launches her London residency at the Old Vic. It’s 23rd April, Shakespeare’s 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, 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.
The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8NB; 8th October-10th November