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Zadie Smith's The Wife of Willesden to return to Kiln Theatre ahead of a US transfer

Zadie Smith's The Wife of Willesden
Zadie Smith's The Wife of Willesden

Zadie Smith’s The Wife of Willesden is to return to Kiln Theatre this year ahead of a US transfer.

The award winning play will run at the London venue from 14 December 2022 to 28 January 2023.

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It will then transfer Stateside, playing at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University from 25 February – 19 March 2023.

Clare Perkins will reprise her role as Alvita, in the critically acclaimed production directed by Kiln Theatre Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham.

Adapted from Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath, The Wife of Willesden has design by Robert Jones,lighting design by Guy Hoare, composition and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, associate costume design by Kinnetia Isidore, casting by Julia Horan CDG, movement direction by Imogen Knight and fight direction by Kev McCurdy. The dialect and voice coach is Hazel Holder and associate director is Hannah Hauer-King.

A proper local legend. Married five times. Mother. Lover. Aunt. Friend. Alvita will tell her life story to anyone in the pub – there’s no shame in her game. The question is: are you ready to hear it? Because this woman’s got the gift of the gab: she can rewrite mistakes into triumphs, turn pain into parables, and her love life’s an epic poem. They call her The Wife of Willesden…

A play that celebrates the human knack for telling elaborate tales, especially about our own lives.

Indhu Rubasingham said: “It’s such a pleasure to be able to bring back our hit production of The Wife of Willesden. Last year’s run was not only the fastest selling show in the venue’s history, but was a reminder of the joy of creating and experiencing theatre together not long after lockdown.

“To have another opportunity to share it with more audiences is a real treat. It is a wonderful collaboration of many brilliant people, especially Zadie, who we are thrilled to announce today will also join the theatre as a Trustee.

“We are delighted to have been invited by Diane Paulus (A.R.T. Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director) to bring The Wife of Willesden to the US as part of the American Repertory Theater’s fabulous 2022/23 programming; and hope to share further plans for the production in due course.”

For more information and tickets visit www.KilnTheatre.com


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