Blue Beard title and lead image

Blue Beard

Wise Children


Times: 3pm, 8pm

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

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


Running Time: 90 mins

Age Recommendation: 12+

This event takes place in person in our Grand Hall.

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 wondrous, beguiling playground of the imagination’ – The New York Times ★★★★★

Everyone involved is reaching for the heights in this emotionally epic entertainment‘ – The Times ★★★★★

A wildly imaginative, exhilarating piece of theatre‘ – Daily Mail ★★★★★

Reviews for Wuthering Heights US & UK tours




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.


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.




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


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.

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