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The Old Vic announces Emma Rice’s Wise Children as new Company in Residence

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THE Old Vic has announced a new Company in Residence: Emma Rice’s Wise Children.

The company’s first production, also titled Wise Children, will be a new adaptation of Angela Carter’s novel and will open Matthew Warchus’ fourth season (2018/2019) as Artistic Director of The Old Vic, with a second production to follow.

Matthew Warchus said: “In 2018, The Old Vic celebrates 200 years of independent, creatively adventurous theatre. I am thrilled to welcome Emma and her new company, Wise Children, as our Company in Residence for the bicentenary. Emma and all she stands for is symbolic of the optimism and irrepressible spirit that has kept The Old Vic at the forefront of artistic adventure for the last two centuries.”

Emma Rice said: “I named my new company Wise Children after Angela Carter’s seminal novel, which is set in South London and is a love letter to theatre. It makes total narrative and thrilling sense to start the Wise Children journey at The Old Vic! This iconic, independent and proudly innovative theatre has hosted Shakespeare and Variety, music and dance alike for almost 200 years and it is the perfect first home for my company and for our first production.

“It will come as no surprise that this first production will be an adaptation of the novel, Wise Children – “What a joy it is to dance and sing!”. I am following in extraordinary footsteps and grateful to Matthew Warchus and his team for welcoming Wise Children with such brave and open arms.”