FEATURED: Emma Rice and company Wise Children Collaborate with the National Theatre and Theatre Royal York on a New Production of Wuthering Heights


Wise Children have announced that Wuthering Heights will be part of their 2020 season of work. With her trademark musical and visual style, Rice brings new life to the classic story in this elemental stage adaptation.


Emma Rice and theatre company Wise Children are very excited to announce that next year they will be partnering with the National Theatre and York Theatre Royal to create a new adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.

Emma Rice explains, “I loved Wuthering Heights with a passion as a teenager. I thought it was a love story, a wild romance.  I now find little love within its pages, but these multi layered readings are what makes it such a fascinating story. My Wuthering Heights promises to be a revenge tragedy for our time – but it will also be about hope. I want to wrestle hatred to the earth and let a new story grow. Wild and fierce, elemental and true – I cannot wait to start work on this timeless classic. And that is theatre romance, right there!

It is a privilege and a pleasure to be returning to the National Theatre after 12 years – and even more exciting to be returning with Wise Children! This is an ambitious project with creative roots in Yorkshire and the South West – the National Theatre is the perfect place to nurture, create and home this special work. Even more thrilling to me is that this production will perform both on the South Bank and in venues across the UK. It is vitally important to both the National Theatre and Wise Children that we take work on the road and entertain audiences across the UK”.

Tom Bird, York Theatre Royal Executive Director, said: “We are overjoyed to be working with Wise Children and the National Theatre to bring this Yorkshire phenomenon to the stage. This will be the third installment – after Wise Children and Malory Towers – in our collaboration with Emma Rice’s groundbreaking company, and we can’t wait!”

The production will open in the Lyttelton Theatre in autumn 2020 before running at York Theatre Royal in early 2021 as part of a UK tour,  with venues to be announced soon.


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