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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.
Reid will play Lady Hunstanton, who is holding the party at her estate. Reid is probably best known for playing Valeria Barlow in Coronation Street in the 1960s, and the sitcom Dinnerladies in the late 1990s. She was nominated for a Bafta TV Award for her role as Celia in the BBC series Last Tango in Halifax, and a Bafta Award for her role in the 2003 film The Mother. On stage, Reid has appeared in a number of productions, the most recent being in the Chichester production of Fracked! Herprevious work also includes the National Theatre’s production of Happy Now?, the Donmar Warehouse’s Dimetos, and Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic alongside Sheridan Smith.
Reid joins a cast which includes the previously announced Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot, Eleanor Bron as Lady Pontefract, and William Gaunt as the Venerable Archdeacon Daubeny. Best recently appeared in the West End in Love in Idleness, which transferred to the Apollo Theatre following a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
The play will be directed by Dromgoole. The former Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director launched a new company called Classic Spring with producer Nica Burns to celebrate the work of classic playwrights.
On Reid joining the cast, Dromgoole said: "It will be a delight to welcome Anne back to the London stage, since she has become an even more loved star with Last Tango in Halifax. She has long been one of my favourite actresses, and her performance in Peter Gill’s beautiful The York Realist was one of my greatest experiences in the theatre."
The season also includes the previously announced production of Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by actress Kathy Burke, and upcoming productions of An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.
A Woman of No Importance Tickets are available now.
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