Dates confirmed for remaining Oscar Wilde season productions
Dominic Dromgoole’s company Classic Spring has announced dates for the final two productions in his Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Following the opening production A Woman of No Importance, which currently runs at the theatre starring Eve Best, and Kathy Burke’s production of Lady Windermere’s Fan (from 12th January), An Ideal Husband will run from 10th April to 14th July (with an official opening on 3rd May) and The Importance of Being Earnest will conclude the season from 20th July to 20th October (official opening on 2nd August).
Written by Wilde in 1895, An Ideal Husband is set in “present day” London over the course of 24 hours. It tells the story of government minister Sir Robert Chiltern who has made his way to the top, but one Mrs Cheveley has information that could bring him down. The comedy premiered in 1895 at the Haymarket Theatre, and received a major West End revival over 100 years later with a run at Theatre Royal, Haymarket starring Martin Shaw.
The Importance of Being Earnest also premiered in London in 1895 at the St James’s Theatre. Though the opening night was a great success, it heralded the downfall of Wile’s career; Wilde’s lover The Marquess of Queensberry, whose son Wilde was having an affair with, planned to disrupt the show and was refused admission, but Wilde’s homosexuality was revealed in the following court case and he was eventually imprisoned.
Casting and creatives for either show are yet to be announced.
Kathy Burke will direct the next production in the season – Lady Windermere’s Fan – from 12th January. Casting has been announced, and the show will star Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop, Jennifer Saunders, Grace Molony and Joshua James.
Lady Windermere’s Fan Tickets are available now.