What a joy it is to dance and sing! Wise Children comes to the Belgrade Theatre
After opening to phenomenal acclaim at London’s Old Vic Theatre last year, Emma Rice’s Wise Children continues to delight audiences across the UK this spring, with a hotly anticipated run at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre taking place in early April.
Adapted from Angela Carter’s last great novel by the former Shakespeare’s Globe and Kneehigh Artistic Director, Wise Children marks the debut production from Rice’s brand new company of the same name, and is filled with all the stylish, impish exuberance that has characterised her work to date.
The play tells the story of twin show girls Nora and Dora Chance, reflecting on their lives as they reach their 70th birthday. Raised in a guest house on “the wrong side of the tracks”, south of the River Thames, by their adopted “Grandma” Chance, they’re illegitimate in every sense. Disowned by their father, Melchior Hazard, a lauded Shakespearean actor, they carve out their own careers performing as dancing duo “The Lucky Chances” on some considerably less reputable stages.
Yet in true Shakespearean style, this “life-enhancing” production seamlessly blends comedy and tragedy, threaded through with love, hope, sisterhood, the possibility of redemption and the simple joy of song and dance. Expect sex and scandal, mischief and mistaken identity, gender-swaps and generational divides and butterflies by the thousand, all bound up in a big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and pain.
Irresistibly uplifting and brimming with dazzling showbiz razzamatazz, this “explosion of theatrical glee” promises an unforgettable experience where nothing is quite what it seems…