Full casting and pre-show talks announced for A Woman of No Importance
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.
Emma Fielding’s recent stage credits include Rapture, Blister, Burn (Hampstead Theatre), In the Republic of Happiness (Royal Court) and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (RSC). She has been nominated for two Olivier Awards, one for her role in the her role in the 1998 production of The School for Scandal, and another for her role in Private Lives at the Albery Theatre in 2001.
Dominic Rowan most recently started in Measure for Measure as the Duke at the Globe, directed by Dromgoole in 2015. He has also recently appeared on stage in A Doll’s House (Young Vic), and plays Jacob Thorne in ITV show Law & Order.
Crystal Clarke is an American actress who trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She landed a role in the seventh Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will appear in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Eve Best stars in the piece as Mrs Arbuthnot, a widow who is a guest at a party held at Lady Hunstanton's estate in the lavish English countryside. Mrs Arbuthnot along with her son Gerald and American outsider Hester, uncover truths about themselves and each other that will alter their lives forever.
It has also been announced that a series of talks will take place before certain performances of A Woman of No Importance. Oscar Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland will give the first pre-show talk on 14th October, offering an insight into Wilde’s life and work. On 19th October, Stephen Fry will reflect on his time plying Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film Wilde. On 11th November, Frank McGuinness will consider Wilde alongside Ibsen and Strindberg in ‘Wilde the European’, and on 7th December, Franny Moyle will explore “Wilde’s women.”
A Woman of No Importance Tickets are available now.