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Emma Rice's Wise Children to be screened in cinemas

The hit play is coming to the silver screen

The cast of Wise Children
The cast of Wise Children
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Emma Rice's hit production of Wise Children will be screened in cinemas later this year.

Directed and staged by Rice, the play is based on Angela Carter's novel of the same name and follows the Chance twins as they enter the world of showbusiness. The play first premiered at London's Old Vic in October 2018 before embarking on a nationwide tour.

From 3 October 2019 the play will be screened in over 250 cinemas across the UK and Ireland, following the show's recording at York Theatre Royal in March. It runs at 150 minutes with an age rating of 15. You can see a list of participating cinemas here.

The cast of the show includes Sam Archer (Young Peregrine), Ankur Bahl (Young Melchior), Stu Barker (The Band), Omari Douglas (Showgirl Nora), Mirabelle Gremaud (Young Nora), Alex Heane (The Band), Paul Hunter (Melchior Hazard), Melissa James (Showgirl Dora), Bettrys Jones (Young Dora), Patrycja Kujawska (Lady Atalanta/Wheelchair), Etta Murfitt (Nora Chance), Katy Owen (Grandma Chance), Ian Ross (Band Leader), Gareth Snook (Dora Chance) and Mike Shepherd (Peregrine Hazard).

It was recently announced that Rice's next show with the Wise Children company (which takes its name from the show title) would be an adaptation of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers.

Wise Children the play features designs by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, sound and video by Simon Baker, and puppetry by Lyndie Wright.