An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long buried secret. Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama create a vivid new theatrical voice.
The inaugural production from the new Classic Spring theatre company, A Woman of No Importance returns to the West End in this new production directed by Dominic Dromgoole. The former artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has formed this new company to celebrate the works of ‘proscenium playwrights’, such as Oscar Wilde, returning these bold, ground-breaking plays to the stages for which they were written.
On sale now are A Woman of No Importance and Lady Windermere’s Fan, starring Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop and Jennifer Saunders. An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest will be on sale later this year.
A Woman of No Importance will star Olivier Award winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler), Eleanor Bron (‘Help!’, ‘Alfie’), William Gaunt (King Lear, The Crucible) and BAFTA nominated Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax).
Lady Hunstanton’s parties attract society’s elite. But tonight’s gathering might have a bit more bite to it. With the fin de siècle fools and grotesques being joined by a louche English lord, a young American woman and an innocent young chap, personalities clash and secrets are uncovered in Oscar Wilde’s infamous wit intertwined with his skilled hand for melodrama. This tale of gender inequality is more relevant than ever.
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(5mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross street where possible and go right 100 metres – it’s just after the Adelphi Theatre.