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Emma Rice finds a home for new theatre company at The Old Vic


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Emma Rice’s new theatre company will be the Company in Residence at The Old Vic next year.

Wise Children will “conceive, create and present world-class, innovative ensemble theatre,” with the intention of touring nationally and internationally. The company will also create training and apprenticeship schemes through the ‘Emma Rice School for Wise Children.’

Currently, Rice is the Artistic Director at Shakespeare’s Globe. However, after dividing opinion amongst audiences and critics, she is being forced to step down in April next year.

For many, this news was disheartening; Rice has been praised for her commitment to innovating the Bard’s plays and casting actors from a diverse range of ethnicities and gender identities.

Writing in The National Student in May, Elizabeth Bell claimed that during her time at the Globe, Rice has given audiences a “fresh take on language, as well as pushing the boundaries of what Shakespeare has previously been or what we thought that it should be.” 

Bell goes on to argue that Rice’s interesting productions of Shakespeare’s plays have redefined what Shakespeare means to 21st Century audiences. 

The Old Vic, which celebrates its bicentenary in 2018, is the birthplace of establishments such as The National Theatre and will open its 2018/2019 season with Wise Children’s first production, which will be adapted from Angela Carter’s novel of the same name.

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!”

Wise Children will no doubt turn into one of the most exciting theatre companies working in London. Until then, you can enjoy what little time Rice has left at Shakespeare’s Globe.

To find out more about the Globe, visit their website here. Or to discover more about The Old Vic, follow this link.

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