Wise Children Reviews - Old Vic Theatre

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Venue Information
Old Vic Theatre

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London
London
SE1 8NB

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 7th November 2018
Booking Until: Saturday, 10th November 2018
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Age Restriction: Recommend age: 14+ (some sexual content, swearing and adult themes throughout)
Important Info: Recommend age: 14+ (some sexual content, swearing and adult themes throughout)
Show Status: production_closed
Review Summary
Average Rating: 2.7 out of 5 stars based on 3 review(s)

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Latest Review: "Really this is a mess, storytelling too tortuous to care about, and a knockabout pantoesque prese..."

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    Thursday, 1st Nov 2018 by Theatreguymike

Really this is a mess, storytelling too tortuous to care about, and a knockabout pantoesque presentation which overstays its sell by date by at least 30 minutes. The script seems to be aimed at pre-teens with some adult smut and sentimentality thrown in to amuse undemanding grown-ups. My two star rating is for the cast who do try hard to entertain but lose out to the mixture of coarse, gender bending skits, a bit of song n dance, end of pier jokes, drag, and cod Shakespeare to try to persuade us their credentials are better than the witless concoction they are offering us here. The audience brayed their enthusiasm as if let out of school; I loathed it.

    Thursday, 18th Oct 2018 by Simon Needs

If you like Angela Carter and you like circus/pantomime chances are you will warm to this production.

I’m not keen on any of the above so the production left me cold. I think a play should unveil the narrative through character and dialogue, here you audience are told the story directly by the actors. Not for me sorry

    Thursday, 11th Oct 2018 by Andrew Schofield

You probably need to have read the book to be bothered with this, otherwise it will seem like an end-of-the-pier parody or early panto (but without the wit of One Man, Two Guvnors). They've cranked up the fashionable sexual ambiguity, probably not originally in the book, some good dancing, not so good singing (random old standards). A few vulgar guffaws and a potty-mouthed old dear in the style of Catherine Tate's nan. I just didn't get it, I'm afraid.

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