The world premiere of Angela Carter’s Wise Children, directed and adapted for the stage by Emma Rice, has assembled its complete cast. Performances will run October 8 through November 10 at London’s Old Vic, with opening night set for October 17. A U.K. tour will follow.
The company will be comprised of Sam Archer, Ankur Bahl, Stu Barker, Omari Douglas, Mirabelle Gremaud, Alex Heane, Paul Hunter, Melissa James, Bettrys Jones, Patrycja Kujawska, Etta Murfitt, Katy Owen, Ian Ross, Gareth Snook, and Mike Shepherd.
As previously announced, the production is the inaugural production of Rice's new company—also named Wise Children—now in residence at the Old Vic. Rice stepped down as artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in April.
The play follows Nora and Dora Chance, two chorus girls celebrating their 70th birthday as their father Melchior Hazard (revered as the greatest actor of his generation) and his twin brother Peregrine celebrate their 100th—though it’s unclear if Peregrine is still alive, or if Melchior is even their real father.
The production will feature choreography by cast member Murfitt, sets and costumes by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, sound and video design by Simon Baker, and original musical by music director Ian Ross.