The full cast joining the previously announced Eve Best in A Woman of No Importance at the Vaudeville Theatre has been announced. The play is directed by Dominic Dromgoole, and is the first in his new company’s year-long season celebrating the work of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. Joining the previously announced Eve Best, Anne Reid, Eleanor Bron and William Gaunt will be Emma Fielding, Dominic Rowan, Crystal Clarke, Harry Lister-Smith, Sam Cox, William Mannering, Paul Rider and Phoebe Fildes.
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Set in the nineteenth century, Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance follows a group of guests at party at Lady Hunstanton's estate in the lavish English countryside. The party's guests, which include the widow Mrs Arbuthnot, her son Gerald and American outsider Hester, uncover truths about themselves and each other that will alter their lives forever.
Wilde's story explores class, family and double standards towards women as the guests grapple with unexpected visitors, their selfish actions and intentions. The play tackles the themes of money, which, as aristocrats, they consider an unlimited resource, and the innocence of the play's younger characters.
The piece was originally produced at the Haymarket Theatre in 1893, and followed the success of Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan.
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Actress Anne Reid will join Eve Best in the West End production of A Woman of No Importance, the first production in Dominic Dromgoole’s year-long Oscar Wilde season. A Woman of No Importance will run at the Vaudeville Theatre in London from 6th October to 20th December 2017. Oscar Wilde’s play is about members of the English upper classes who attend a party at a countryside estate. The guests include a widow, her son, and an American visitor.
Initial details for Dominic Dromgoole's Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre have been announced. The season is a collaboration between the former Shakespeare's Globe artistic director, and West End theatre owner and producer Nica Burns. The pair have formed a new company together called Classic Spring.