A Woman of No Importance Tickets
Booking until: Saturday, 30 December 2017
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Friday, 6 October 2017
Saturday, 30 December 2017
The Oscar Wilde Season is the brainchild of the brilliant Dominic Dromgoole. Until recently the Artistic Director at Shakespeare's Globe theatre, his new theatre company Classic Spring is dedicated to showcasing some of the best British proscenium playwrights' ground-breaking plays, putting them on in the kind of theatre they were originally intended for.
Just as the Globe placed Shakespeare in his original setting, creating a whole lot more than the sum of the parts, this season takes four of the best satirical Wilde plays to the gorgeous Vaudeville theatre, letting modern audiences rediscover the glittering wit and bold social critique that the playwright was so famous for in a venue to match.
In Dromgoole's words, “It has always been my pleasure and privilege to support the voices of writers, whether new writers at the Bush, the Old Vic or the Globe, or Shakespeare, the mainspring of our theatre culture. This is a wonderful chance to present the work of more writers, who still speak to us piercingly and profoundly today."
What's the story? When an earnest young American woman Hester Worsley, a foolish fop of an English lord and an innocent young man join a particularly pretentious house party at the Hunstanton Estate, an event where the cream of society gossip about their contemporaries, chaos ensues. Lady Caroline Pontefract, a terrible snob, is busy patronising Hester, but little do the guests know that not far away, a woman is cradling a long buried secret.
Wilde’s famous blend of sharp wit and Ibsen-style drama created a vivid new theatrical voice back in his day. These days it's quite simply deliciously funny and wicked. After all, as Wilde says, ‘One can survive everything nowadays except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.’
A Woman of No Importance is directed by Dominic Dromgoole himself and stars the excellent Olivier award winning Eve Best, who gathered lots of critical acclaim for her roles in A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler. Tickets are on sale for Lady Windermere’s Fan, and the other two plays in the season are An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Wonderfully moving… Sublimely funny The Independent
A top-notch cast make Oscar Wilde’s witty lines sing Radio Times
Anne Reid and Eleanor Bron are superb The Stage
Absolutely riveting Eve Best and Dominic Rowan LondonTheatre.co.uk
A compelling start to Dominic Dromgoole’s Wilde season… the bar has been set high The Times
Best brings fierce emotional intensity in Dromgoole’s fine revival The Guardian
A production of exceptional craftsmanship Financial Times
A confident opener to Classic Spring’s season Broadway World
What to expect:Acting:
based on 25 reviews
Clever and entertaining
Katharine London Box Office customer
Wonderfully acted, direction so good it was invisble and, of course, brillant script
Simon London Box Office customer
Great show, story, and actors. Very relevant to today's issues. I was sitting about half way back on the main level but I could have done without so much real cigarette smoke. The smell was terrible and I have allergies/asthma. I may have overlooked it but I do not recall seeing a disclaimer
Kalia London Box Office customer
Very enjoyable. Slightly humorous, good plot, well portrayed.
Donna London Box Office customer
Lovely theatre with confortable seats and plenty of leg room.Story took a while to get going but really enjoyed it. Ann Reid singing and the musicions were really good.
Ray London Box Office customer
I enjoyed this play more than I have enjoyed one for a long time (and I go to the theatre at least once a month so that's a lot of shows!!!) The acting was wonderful . Anne Reid was a joy. I can't wait for the rest of the Oscar Wilde. Season. If they're all as good as this, I'm in for a treat!!!
Vivienne London Box Office customer
A very enjoyable evening
Theatre near station. Seats good and bar easily accessible. Very well organised. Anne Reid shone and I think made the production. Want to see The Importance of Being Earnest now!
Janette London Box Office customer
A fun play
Nicola London Box Office customer
Excellent acting . Not one of Wilde’s most engaging plays , could be hard work at times , but the cast were so good ,one was carried along with them. I must commend Anne Reid’s singing of the Victorian ballads and her accompanists.
Elizabeth London Box Office customer
More work needed to show off this play
The production of this play full of great lines and opportunities- felt like an early rehearsal.. a few of the characters performances felt amateur- ish at best
Jill London Box Office customer
con London Box Office customer
Not quite the comedy i expected
I'm an avid fan of Oscar Wilde but I was disappointed with this show. I felt that the characters lacked chemistry and it came across as a little bit amateur. It was also largely delivered in a way that made it feel like a serious drama rather than a comedy.
Sabina London Box Office customer
Excellent, a must see!
Oscar Wilde's a Woman of No Importance was brought to live on stage. Credit to all the cast, brillantly performed
Susie London Box Office customer
A social commentary that is as relevant today as when written
This is the first Oscar Wilde play I have seen and I wonder why it has taken me so long. Brilliant writing wonderfully acted. Amazing to be so relevant today ....when written in 1890’s. Has it all comedy, irony, pathos. I’m signed up for the other three
Andy London Box Office customer
Anne Reid shines
Faithful production of an Oscar Wilde classic. Anne Reid is excellent especially in the musical interludes which are an added bonus for set changes. The sets themselves are dissapointing and I couldn't hear very well from stalls row P, another made the same complaint from row R.
Tracy London Box Office customer
21 Oct 2017 in Reviews
The Vaudeville kicks off its exciting year-long Oscar Wilde season with A Woman of No Importance, directed by Dominic Dromgoole. It is a play packed full of Wilde’s zingy one liners and witty satire of upper-class society.Read more
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