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Wise Children for Manchester

Published: 27 January 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Wise Children and The Old Vic bring their production of Angela Carter’s novel Wise Children to HOME in Manchester February 26 to March 2.

It’s April 23, 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...

A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity—and butterflies by the thousand.