Classic Spring is delighted to announce that Anne Reid will play Lady Hunstanton in A Woman of No Importance from 6 October to 30 December 2017. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, the production is the first in a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Anne Reid MBE is best-known for her BAFTA Award-nominated role as Celia Dawson in Last Tango in Halifax (BBC). The award-winning show also starred Derek Jacobi and Sarah Lancashire, with the final episode attracting over eight million viewers. Anne received a BAFTA nomination for her performance in The Mother (Best Actress, 2004) and an Olivier Award nomination for her role in Epitaph for George Dillon (Best Supporting Actress, 2006).
Reid’s other extensive TV credits include Doc Martin, Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (ITV), Shameless (Channel 4), Bleak House, Jane Eyre, Dr Who, New Tricks, Upstairs Downstairs and Dinnerladies (BBC). Her theatre credits include Fracked! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Dimetos (Donmar Warehouse), Happy Now? (National Theatre) and Into the Woods (Royal Opera House). Anne’s numerous film credits include Kaleidoscope, Foster, Cemetery Junction and Hot Fuzz. She will also appear in the upcoming films The Snowman, starring Michael Fassbender and Romans, starring Orlando Bloom.
Dominic Dromgoole, director, 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. It will also be nice to celebrate her recent successes as a cabaret performer by cutting her loose with a song or two from the Victorian songbook.”
Reid will be joined by Olivier Award winner Eve Best, playing Mrs Arbuthnot, as previously announced.
Classic Spring is a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole. As part of its year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, the company will stage A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.
An iconoclast, a socialist and a gay Irishman in the socially conservative late-Victorian era, Oscar Wilde broke the mould in his work and in his life. Opening in the year of the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, this season aims to offer a much fuller picture of the man and the artist, and reveal this much-loved playwright as the brilliant renegade he was in his own time. Interspersed with the plays will be a curated series of interludes and ‘Wilde Talks’ that will reveal the deep current of radicalism and subversiveness that runs through all of Wilde’s writing. There will be 20,000 tickets under £20 offered across the season.