Eve Best stars in this new production of A Woman of No Importance, launching Dominic Dromgoole’s year-long Oscar Wilde season at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. It runs until 30 December 2017. What have critics been saying about it?
A Woman of No Importance is the most Shavian of Wilde’s plays – in fact with a slight reshuffling of the cast the same company could present Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession also produced in 1893 and wherein the same issue of parentage is concealed.
There are huge and troubling resonances throughout the Lyceum’s startling Cockpit. Fascinating staging and committed performances make for a thoroughly vital production – albeit one that falls tantalisingly short of greatness.
This cult movie-cum-musical is a smash hit with those who don’t take themselves too seriously – and who appreciate that same quality in musical theatre. Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is outrageously funny and devilishly naughty.
The problem is that there’s a very fine line between enthusiastic engagement and disruptive behaviour. And if one person’s enjoyment of a show spoils someone else’s by, for instance, making so much noise that neighbouring audience members can’t hear the actors, then that’s not on.
John Heffernan stars in Rory Mullarkey’s new play Saint George and the Dragon, which is directed by Lyndsey Turner and now running at the National’s Olivier Theatre until 2 December 2017. Here’s what critics have been saying about it.
Due to popular demand, twelve additional dates have been added to the second UK tour of the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys. Full casting – including four West End alumni in the lead roles – is also now announced.