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Don’t you love how chocolate is so unlike you?

Angélique is a gifted chocolate maker inhibited by social anxiety, so timid, she faints when people look at her. Jean-René is the boss of a failing chocolate factory, awkward, prone to embarrassing sweating and relies on self-help tapes. When Angélique takes a job in Jean-René’s struggling factory, a fragile love affair unfolds.

Funny, tender and painfully awkward, Romantics Anonymous is a delicious love story about breaking the mould and finding the courage to be happy.

Wise Children, the company set up by Kneehigh Theatre's former artistic director, Emma Rice (Malory Towers, Wise ChildrenTristan & Yseult), has partnered with Lighthouse in the online sharing of this beautiful new musical, originally intended to be premiered in the US before the pandemic struck.  For one night only, this fully staged live stream comes direct from Bristol Old Vic to Lighthouse audiences at home, in all its glory!

You'll be able to watch direct from your home, as the live performance takes place at 7.30pm on Thursday 24 September. 

The world premiere of Romantics Anonymous was originally produced by Shakespeare's Globe for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment.

This live stream has been made possible by the unwavering support of the Broughton Family Charitable Trust and of Paul & Joanna Pearson. In truly challenging times, the generosity and faith of these donors has allowed Wise Children to take the very real risks involved in this project and give this wonderful show another life. We thank them from the bottom of our chocolate box hearts.


Desperate for live theatre that your students can watch this term?


We are delighted to be able to bring you a production by Emma Rice and her new theatre company Wise Children. Formerly artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe and before that of Kneehigh, Emma is one of the UK’s best known and loved directors.


Her joyful approach to collaboratively devised theatre is studied in classrooms across the country, and this new show is a perfect example of her trademark physical, musical ensemble storytelling.

The show will be live streamed to the internet on Thursday 24th September at 7pm, meaning your students can watch the show from home on a computer, laptop or TV. Tickets cost £8 for groups of 1- 20 and £5 for groups of £20. Please email ticketoffice@lighthousepoole.co.uk for details of how to book.