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The Wife of Willesden

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.

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+

Audio Described Performance: 12 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: 23 Jan 2023, 7.30pm

Both performances on 8 February will be recorded. Cameras will be present in the auditorium, but this will not affect your view.

Age Restrictions

Age guidance: 14+

Kiln Theatre Details

Buses Icon Bus routes: 16, 32, 189, 332, 632

Night Buses Icon Night buses: N16

Rail Icon Nearest rail: Brondesbury

London Underground Icon Tube lines: Jubilee Line

London Underground Icon Nearest tube: Kilburn

Parking Icon Car park: Kilburn Market Car Park

Congestion Zone Icon In congestion zone?: No

Facilities at Kiln Theatre



Wheelchair accessible

Kiln Theatre Location

269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR
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The Wife of Willesden

Kiln Theatre, London

Running time: 100 minutes (no interval)

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