14 December 2022 – 28 January 2023

Kiln Theatre presents


Adapted by Zadie Smith

from Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath

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After a sold-out, critically acclaimed run in 2021, Alvita, The Wife of Willesden returns for one more round at the bar.

A proper local legend. Married five times. Mother. Lover. Aunt. Friend. Alvita will tell her life story to anyone in the pub – there’s no shame in her game. The question is: are you ready to hear it? Because this woman’s got the gift of the gab: she can rewrite mistakes into triumphs, turn pain into parables, and her love life’s an epic poem. They call her The Wife of Willesden

A play that celebrates the human knack for telling elaborate tales, especially about our own lives.

Critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, best-selling author Zadie Smith‘s ‘irresistably rambunctious’ (The Telegraph) The Wife of Willesden transports Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath to 21st Century North West London.

Director Indhu Rubasingham invites you to take your seat at the bar, order a pint or two, and listen to this bawdy, beautiful comedy up close, and very, very personal.

The Kiln Theatre auditorium will be transformed into a local London pub, complete with pub tables in the stalls.

Important Information

Age guidance: 14+

Post Show Q&A: 10 Jan 2023, 7.30pm & 27 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 12 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Fundraising Performance: 19 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: 23 Jan 2023, 7.30pm

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The Wife of Willesden was originally produced in 2021 by Kiln Theatre in association with Brent2020, London Borough of Culture.

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100 minutes with no interval


14 December 2022 – 28 January 2023

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‘Zadie Smith and Indhu Rubasingham have concocted a stunning piece of freewheeling stagecraft.’

- The Times

‘Irresistibly rambunctious theatrical debut.’

- The Telegraph

Critics Picks of the Year 2021

- The Guardian, WhatsOnStage, TheatreWeekly

‘Simply outstanding.’

- BroadwayWorld

‘Perkins is power personified.’

- LondonTheatre

‘It’s dazzling to behold Smith’s intelligence at work.’

- Time Out


Clare Perkins

Alvita, The Wife of Willesden

Further cast to be announced

Creative Team

Indhu Rubasingham


Robert Jones


Guy Hoare

Lighting Designer

Ben and Max Ringham

Composition and Sound Designer

Kinnetia Isidore

Associate Costume Designer

Julia Horan CDG

Casting Director

Imogen Knight

Movement Director

Hannah Hauer-King

Associate Director

Fundraising Performance - Thursday 19 January, 7.30pm

Join us at this special fundraising night in aid of Kiln Theatre. Tickets are double the normal price (£30-£80 a seat) and include a donation to our work.

As a registered charity, we rely on donations from audience members and our community of supporters. All proceeds from the evening are in aid of Kiln Theatre. Your support helps us to create internationally renowned, innovative productions, to make theatre available to our local community and to connect everyone, whatever their background, through the power of storytelling.

Book tickets to Thursday 19 January, 7.30pm