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Emma Rice's Blue Beard

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Fearless, furious and brilliant.”
★★★★★ The Stage

Blue Beard is a beguiling ancient wonder tale, and now it has the Emma Rice treatment!

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.

This celebration of female power – revelling in all kinds of naughtiness, sensuality, rage and joy – is a music-fuelled feminist revenge plot infused with high comedy, tragedy, romance, and just a sprinkle of spine-tingling horror.

Narrated by a chorus of nuns, don’t miss the live score, incredible performers, and breath-taking set design – it’s the ultimate night out with a powerful political punch.

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!

Emma Rice’s fairytale hits home with horror and pizzazz”
★★★★ The Guardian

Part cabaret, part fairytale, part magic show, part true life horror… PLEASE do not miss it.”
★★★★★ Bath Life Magazine


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


Please note, no under 5s will be admitted to the auditorium.

Content Advice

This show contains strong language, adult themes, depictions of violence and references to sexual assault towards women. Further information can be found here.

Running Time

2 hours including interval

Access performances

BSL Interpreted: Thu 18 Apr 2.30pm (interpreted by Claire Edwards). You can watch the BSL Flyer below.

Relaxed: Thu 18 Apr 7.30pm

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Post Show Talk

A post show talk will take place after the performance on Tue 16 Apr, 7.30pm.

Please note, the post show talk will not be captioned.


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