"A Woman of No Importance" extends 3 weeks to 31 Jan 2004 at the Haymarket Theatre


"A Woman of No Importance" extends 3 weeks to 31 Jan 2004 at the Haymarket Theatre

A Woman Of No Importance by Oscar Wilde, has been extended by 3 weeks to 31 Jan 2004 at the Haymarket Theatre.

The show received moderate notices from the popular press when it opened in September this year: SARAH HEMMING for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "A curiously lifeless affair." DOMONIC CAVENDISH for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "High-class production is, quite simply, a must-see." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "A lifeless lesson in pretty wit." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Adrian Noble's handsome-looking production does all it can to counter the play's contradictions." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Limp production of this creaky melodrama."

The cast of A Woman Of No Importance includes: Prunella Scales (Lady Hunstanton ), Samantha Bond (Mrs Arbuthnot), Rupert Graves (Lord Illingworth ), Joanne Pearce (Mrs Allonby), Rachel Stirling (Hester Worsley), Caroline Blakiston (Lady Caroline Pontefract).

In this play, directed by Adrian Noble, Lord Illingworth , who is rakish, attractive and utterly amoral, dismisses Mrs Arbuthnot as A Woman Of No Importance but still aims to employ the impressionable Gerald Arbuthnot as his secretary. What he doesn’t know is that Gerald is also his own son – the product of a fling he had with Mrs Arbuthnot. When Illingworth makes a move to seduce Gerald’s fiancée, Mrs Arbuthnot decides that enough is enough…

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