Tickets for Wit at Royal Exchange
"I'm like a student and this is the final exam and I don't know what to put down because I don't understand the question and I'm running out of time."
A celebrated but exacting professor of metaphysical poetry, endeavouring to cope with experimental and aggressive treatment for an equally aggressive illness. A towering academic caught between metaphysics, medicine and her own mettle.
Confined to a hospital bed, with her life nearing its final chapter and the memory of her academia past as her coping mechanism, Vivian discovers grace, forgiveness and above all, her true self, in the nick of time.
Pulitzer-prize winning Wit is a striking and sharply funny reflection on the frailty of existence and the complex relationship between knowledge and love. We welcome back Julie Hesmondhalgh to play Vivian Bearing in director Raz Shaw's return to the Royal Exchange.
"Wit, the Royal Exchange and Julie Hesmondhalgh have one thing in common. A huge and palpable heart. The unique and thrilling immediacy of the theatre is a perfect match for Margaret Edson's beautiful story of grace and transformation. Throw Julie into the mix and you have a magical theatrical triumvirate. I am thrilled to be at its helm." –Raz Shaw