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Blue Beard artwork. A close-up of just the head of a person with a bright blue beard and twirled handlebar moustache looking directly down the camera with one eyebrow raised. They have lots of glamorous black and blue make-up on their eyes. They are wearing a white nun’s habit and are in front of a dark blue, slightly pixilated background.

Emma Rice's Blue Beard

Blue Beard the Magician makes hearts flutter and pupils dilate. With a wink, a stroke and a flick – things just seem to vanish. Cards, coins, scarves… and women.

Puff! Gone. Without a trace.

He meets his match when his young bride discovers his dark and murderous secret. She summons all her rage, all her smarts and all her sisters to bring the curtain down on his tyrannous reign.

Emma Rice brings her own brand of theatrical wonder to this most beguiling and disturbing of tales. With her signature sleight of hand, Blue Beard explores curiosity and consent, violence and vengeance – all through an intoxicating lens of music, wit and tender truth.

When someone tells you not to look, OPEN THE BLOODY DOOR!

A wildly imaginative, exhilarating piece of theatre”
★★★★★ Daily Mail on Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights

Everyone involved is reaching for the heights in this emotionally epic entertainment
★★★★★ The Times on on Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights

A wondrous, beguiling playground of the imagination.
★★★★★ New York Times on Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights


From £15

Presented by

Wise Children, Birmingham Rep, HOME Manchester, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and York Theatre Royal

Written & Directed by

Emma Rice

Age guidance


Access performances

Audio Described: Sat 13 Apr 2.30pm (described by Julia Grundy and Carolyn Smith)

BSL Interpreted: Thu 18 Apr 2.30pm  (interpreted by Claire Edwards)

Captioned: Tue 16 Apr 7.30pm (captioned by Cara Lawless)

Relaxed: Thu 18 Apr 7.30pm


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