Runtime: 1h 40m
She’s back in all her mouthy, gaudy glory. Yes, Clare Perkins and the 21st century reincarnation of Chaucer’s the The Wife of Bath return to Kilburn for some Christmas merriment in a show in which high literature meets bawdy low art and explodes with vim, vigour and naughtiness. Robert Jones’ design transforms the Kiln into a pub, Ben and Max Ringham supply the bewitching sounds and Perkins takes us by the hand and as soon as she opens her mouth makes the past (Chaucer) seem eerily present and surprisingly alive and well on the Kilburn High Road.
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… Critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, best-selling author Zadie Smith‘s ‘irresistably rambunctious’ (The Telegraph) The Wife of Willesden transports Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath to 21st Century North West London. Director Indhu Rubasingham invites you to take your seat at the bar, order a pint or two, and listen to this bawdy, beautiful new comedy up close, and very, very personal. A play that celebrates the human knack for telling elaborate tales, especially about our own lives. The Kiln Theatre auditorium will be transformed into a local London pub, complete with pub tables in the stalls. Age Recommendation: 14 ** Promo codes and Gift Cards can't be applied on this show **