New company in residence: Emma Rice's Wise Children

Emma Rice and Matthew Warchus (Artistic Director)

We are delighted to announce our new Company in Residence: Emma Rice’s Wise Children.

We will be the London home for the company whose first production, 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.

Created and led by Emma Rice, Wise Children will conceive, create and present world-class, innovative ensemble theatre; a culmination of the process and ethos Emma has developed over her theatrical career. Her bold, imaginative productions and gift for storytelling have made her one of the most important and acclaimed directors working today.

Matthew Warchus says:

‘The Old Vic celebrates 200 years of independent, creatively adventurous theatre in 2018. I am thrilled to have appointed Emma and her new company, Wise Children, as our Company in Residence during 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 says:

‘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 inaugural 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, (the show and the company) with such brave and open arms.’