Wise Children is a new theatre company conceived, created and led by multi award-winning director Emma Rice. Wise Children will create landmark work with exceptional artists, challenge outmoded theatre touring models, train the next generation of creative practitioners, and discover the creative spaces of the future. 

Our first show, Wise Children, toured the UK from October 2018 - April 2019 and showed in cinemas in October 2019.

Our second show, Malory Towers, adapted and directed by Emma from the novels by Enid Blyton, toured the UK from July - October 2019.


We have just announced our third show, Romantics Anonymous, which opens at Bristol Old Vic in January 2020 ahead of a US tour. 

Come and find us somewhere on the way!






'I cannot imagine anyone who loves theatre not being bowled over by this life-enhancing, brilliantly uninhibited, all-singing and dancing adaptation… In Carter’s hands – and Rice’s – there is a fantastic narrative sense throughout: the play is the thing and it can do anything. Misfortune brings on more zest – there is no holding back. Stars? I am not sure why you would stop at five.'

Observer on Wise Children 


'It is a spectacular show, distilling the carnivalesque spirit of the book…. Rice’s relaunch is a splashy one, celebrating the sheer razzle-dazzle of a life in theatre.' 

The Guardian on Wise Children 


‘Emma Rice is one of the most visionary, bold, and dynamic artists working in the industry today, having maintained an exceptionally high standard throughout her body of work. Her projects are thoroughly entertaining, uniquely designed, and socially relevant - a blend which requires nuance and subtlety. Emma has had a huge influence on the global contemporary theatre scene.’

Joe Wright, Director