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Emma Rice is a British director, writer, and performer who has made a significant impact in the world of theatre. Born in 1967 in London, Rice grew up in Cornwall and went on to study drama at Manchester University. She began her career as a performer, working with companies such as Kneehigh Theatre and the Wildworks Theatre Company.
In 2003, Rice became the artistic director of Kneehigh Theatre, a position she held for a decade. During her time at Kneehigh, Rice directed and adapted a number of productions that received critical acclaim, including "Tristan & Yseult," "The Red Shoes," and "Brief Encounter." Her work with Kneehigh was known for its innovative use of music, puppetry, and physical theatre.
In 2016, Rice became the artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London. Her appointment was met with controversy, as some critics felt that her background in physical theatre and her non-traditional approach to Shakespeare were not in line with the Globe's mission. However, Rice's tenure at the Globe was marked by a number of successful productions, including "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Twelfth Night," and "Romantics Anonymous."

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Full Cast Set For Wise Children's New Co-Production of BLUE BEARD

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR WISE CHILDREN’S NEW CO-PRODUCTION OF BLUE BEARD - WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY EMMA RICE. The full cast for the world premiere of Blue Beard, written and directed by Emma Rice, includes Isabel Adomakoh Young, Stu Barker, Mirabelle Gremaud, Stephanie Hockley, Patrycja Kujawska, Adam Mirsky, Katy Owen, and Tristan Sturrock. The production opens at Theatre Royal Bath on 8 February and embarks on a UK tour.

Baker Mukasa and Hannah Azuonye Will Lead Royal Exchange Theatre's BRIEF ENCOUNTER

This December, Royal Exchange Theatre presents Brief Encounter, a huge beating heart of a musical for incurable romantics.

Wise Children Launches Mentoring Scheme For Theatre Companies

Wise Children’s mentoring scheme for theatre companies is back, and applications are now open.

American Premiere of LIFE & TIMES OF MICHAEL K is Coming to St. Ann's Warehouse

Don't miss the American premiere of 'Life & Times of Michael K,' a stunning puppet theater production that received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Find out the dates and venue for this highly acclaimed show at St. Ann's Warehouse.

The National Theatre's Learning Activity is Now in Every Local Authority in the UK

The National Theatre’s Learning activity is now present in every local authority across the UK through its in-person and digital programmes. The NT’s active engagement with schools, teachers and young people is a key part of its mission to support the next generation of theatre makers and creators across the UK. The NT aims to inspire creativity, fire imaginations and boost skills for the future workforce of the sector and to build a more creative nation. 


Internationally acclaimed touring theatre company Wise Children celebrate five years since launching in 2018, by throwing open the doors of their new home to the public for the very first time this festive season. Learn more about the new upcoming production here!

Check Out the Latest on BroadwayHD �" Including a New Release with Sutton Foster

Beat the heat by staying inside and streaming some of BroadwayHD’s newest releases. Visit www.broadwayhd.com to learn more!

Full Cast Revealed For the West End Run of DR SEMMELWEIS, Starring Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance returns to the West End this summer in Dr Semmelweis opening at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 11 July, with previews from 29 June, and running until Saturday 7 October.


Award winning producer New Old Friends in association with MAST Mayflower Studios have announced their UK tour of hilarious tennis-based murder mystery Crimes on Centre Court which opens on 04 September at MAST Mayflower Studios.

SOME LIKE IT HOT, PARADE, and More Take Home 2023 Drama Desk Awards; Full List of Winners!

Winners for the 67th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. Among the big winners were Some Like It Hot, Parade, and more.

The School For Wise Children Hosts Second Annual Summer Camp

As the Wise Children company, led by Artistic Director Emma Rice, settle into their new space The Lucky Chance, they today announce applications are now open for the return of their annual Summer Camp – a weeklong open call course for performers aged 18+.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre Will Stage BRIEF ENCOUNTER Beginning Next Month

Brief Encounter, Noël Coward's tale of forbidden passion and middle-class restraint is set to enchant theatre audiences this summer, when Pitlochry Festival Theatre stages the first in-house staging in Scotland of Emma Rice's acclaimed stage adaptation of one of the most iconic love stories ever told.

Wise Children Announces New Co-Production of BLUE BEARD, Adapted and Directed By Emma Rice

Artistic Director of Wise Children, Emma Rice has announced the world première of her adaptation of Blue Beard, which she also directs. Blue Beard, a co-production with Birmingham Rep, HOME Manchester, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and York Theatre Royal opens at Theatre Royal Bath on 8 February, with previews from 2nd, and runs until 10 February.

St. Ann's Warehouse Extends MONSOON WEDDING for Three Weeks

St. Ann's Warehouse, responding to extraordinary demand for tickets, has announced a three-week extension of Monsoon Wedding, the Musical, Mira Nair's live theatrical adaptation of her landmark film. The new production, featuring actors and theater-makers from India and the global Indian diaspora, welcomes audiences inside the lavish wedding plans and frenzied leadup to an arranged marriage beset by modern tensions. Preview performances begin at the Brooklyn waterfront theater on May 6.

SHUCKED, SOME LIKE IT HOT Lead Nominations for 2023 Drama Desk Awards

Nominations for the 67th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today and BroadwayWorld has the full list here!

BBC Announces New Shakespeare Series to Celebrate 400th Anniversary of First Folio

The BBC is marking the 400-year anniversary of the publication of William Shakespeare's First Folio with a gripping new three-part boxset for BBC Two and iPlayer. To accompany the series, BBC Four will be showing a star-studded selection of performances of his plays and there will also be a collection of resources for primary and secondary schools on BBC Teach.

INTO THE WOODS, SWEENEY TODD, A DOLL'S HOUSE & More Lead in Nominations for 2023 Drama League Awards

The Drama League has announced the 2023 Drama League Awards Nominees. See the full list!

Pitlochry Festival Theatre Announce 2023 Ensemble

Pitlochry Festival Theatre has announced its Ensemble for the 2023 season, which runs between May and late September this summer.

Video: Watch an All New Trailer From BRIEF ENCOUNTER Rehearsal

An all new rehearsal trailer has been released for Wiltshire Creative and New Wolsey Theatre's Brief Encounter by Noel Coward, presented in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Check out the video here!

Mark Rylance Will Lead DR. SEMMELWEIS in the West End

Mark Rylance returns to the West End this summer in Dr Semmelweis opening at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 11 July, with previews from 29 June, and running until Saturday 7 October. The critically acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production, directed by Tom Morris, opened in 2022, and sees Rylance reprise the title role.  


Emma Rice has written 1 shows including Brief Encounter (Adaptor).

Emma Rice has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. Some of her notable nominations include Outstanding Adaptation (Drama Desk Awards) for "Wuthering Heights," Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for "The Wild Bride," Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for "Brief Encounter," and Best Director (Olivier Awards) for "Brief Encounter." These nominations highlight her talent and recognition in the industry.

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