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Angela Carter's novel is adapted for the stage by Emma Rice, marking the first production from her new company.
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The world premiere of Wise Children, an adaptation of Angela Carter's novel directed and adapted for the stage by Emma Rice, officially opened at London's Old Vic October 17. The play looks at the lives of twin chorus girls, Dora and Nora Chance, and their wildly theatrical family.

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Melissa James and Omari Douglas Steve Tanner


The first production from Rice's new company, also titled Wise Children, performances are scheduled to run through November 10 ahead of a U.K. tour. The cast is made up 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.

Read reviews for Wise Children in London below. (Paul T. Davies)

The Daily Mail (Quentin Letts)

Evening Standard (Henry Hitchings)

The Financial Times (Sarah Hemming)

The Guardian (Kate Kellaway)

The Stage (Fergus Morgan)

The Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)

The Times (Dominic Maxwell)

Wise Children features 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.

Wise Children, Directed By Emma Rice, Plays London’s Old Vic

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