Against a moody, red backdrop, a woman looks seriously into the camera as another kisses her cheek.

Blue Beard

Wise Children


Times: 3pm, 8pm

Band A seats: £42* / £36*
Band B seats: £34* / £28*
Band C seats: £24*
Band D seats: £16*

Concessions available on Band A and Band B seats
*all orders will be subject to a transaction fee of £2.

Running Time: 2 hours (including an interval)

Age Recommendation: 14+

This show contains strong language, adult themes, depictions of violence and references to sexual assault towards women.

This event takes place in person in our Grand Hall.

Multi-award-winning Emma Rice returns to BAC with a fearless reimagining of the classic tale, Blue Beard.

Get ready for a wildly inventive musical feast, as this exhilarating story of vengeance and sisterhood unfolds in our Grand Hall.

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

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

One of the UK’s most influential artists of the last 50 years, Emma Rice (Brief Encounter, The Red Shoes, Wuthering Heights, Tristan & Yseult) brings her brand of theatrical wonder to create a rousing story for our times.

‘Fearless, furious and brilliant. Emma Rice at the top of her game’
★★★★★ The Stage

‘Magnificently mischievous. Emma Rice’s fairytale hits home with horror and pizzazz’
★★★★ The Guardian

‘Darkly daring. Her aesthetic remains one of the greatest pleasures of British Theatre’
The Times

‘Terrifically entertaining. Rice’s trademark theatre gold dust’
What’s On Stage

First Look at Blue Beard

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The School for Wise Children are offering these unique opportunities for theatre makers aged 18+



A Wise Children, Birmingham Rep, HOME Manchester, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and York Theatre Royal co-production.

Written and directed by Emma Rice
Composer – Stu Barker
Set & Costume Designer – Vicki Mortimer
Sound and Video Designer – Simon Baker
Lighting Designer – Malcolm Rippeth
Choreographer – Etta Murfitt

Cast – Stu Barker, Mirabelle Gremaud, Stephanie Hockley, Patrycja Kujawska, Adam Mirsky, Katy Owen, Robyn Sinclair and Tristan Sturrock


Blue Beard is the latest work from Wise Children, the theatre company created and led by award-winning director Emma Rice. Wise Children’s previous work includes Wuthering Heights and Malory Towers. Emma is also known for leading Cornwall’s beloved Kneehigh theatre company, where shows included Brief Encounter and Tristan & Yseult, and for her time as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, where she made Romantics Anonymous and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Le Gateau Chocolat and Meow Meow. In 2022, Sky Arts named Emma amongst Britain’s 50 most influential artists of the last 50 years, and The Times put Tristan & Yseult on its list of the 25 best theatre productions of the 21stcentury.


This production is supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund held at The London Community Foundation.



This event takes place in person in our Grand Hall. This space is on the ground floor, with step-free access via a lift.

If you have booked a ticket you will receive an email from us before your performance detailing important information about your visit.


If you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend, we can make a free ticket available for your companion. You can book access companion tickets online or contact the Box Office to book by 

To book a free access companion online:

  • log in to your account here
  • go to ‘Other preferences’ and tick ‘I require a personal assistant/companion’.
  • Choose the performance, date and seats you would like and if you add at least 2 tickets to your basket, then one of these will automatically become free.


BSL Interpreted Performances: 30 April and 10 May. Interpreted by Ali Gordon.

Captioned Performances: 8 and 16 May 8pm.

Audio Described Performance: 17 May. Audio described by VocalEyes.


  • Haze
  • Loud music
  • Flashing lights
  • Fake blood
  • Latex balloons
  • Depictions of violence
  • References to sexual assault towards women

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave the performance at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.



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