In Michael Fentiman’s strictly period production, it’s hard to see what we’re meant to care about, and what is supposed to resonate with us. It’s a pleasant enough thing, but there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about it.
Michael Fentiman’s production of Oscar Wilde’s beloved comedy is the final production in Classic Spring’s year-long Oscar Wilde season, running until 20 October 2018 at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. Here’s what critics have been saying about it…
Classic Spring has announced that Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson will play Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at London’s Vaudeville Theatre (20 July to 20 October, press night is 2 August).
In an otherwise charming and chic production, it can only be a shame that Classic Spring didn’t decide to take a risk with this interpretation of An Ideal Husband.
Real-life father and son, Edward and Freddie Fox, will play fictional father and son, the Earl of Caversham and Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, as part of the year-long Oscar Wilde season at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. Also starring, in the role of Mrs Cheveley is Frances Barber.
It has taken more than 20 years but Jennifer Saunders this week returned to the West End stage to make her mark in Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville Theatre.
These gentle, heartfelt, poignant morality tales have all the storytelling power of folktale but with both Oscar Wilde’s elegant, poignant romanticism and satirical social anger.
Simon Callow will perform Frank McGuinness’s new stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for a limited run of just six performances from 3 to 6 January 2018. Tickets are now on sale.
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.
At its heart is Eve Best: mournful and troubled in black velvet, hair tumbling, a humble church-mouse amid the quipping brittle socialites. Her wronged Mrs Arbuthnot is the emotional and moral core of the play.
Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop and Jennifer Saunders will star in Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by Kathy Burke, the second offering in the year-long Oscar Wilde season at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre.
Classic Spring has announced its ‘Wilde Talk’ series to run alongside performances of A Woman of No Importance. Further casting has also been announced.
Marooned Theatre’s acclaimed, contemporary re-imagining of John Vanbrugh’s 1697 Restoration comedy, The Provoked Wife, prepares to transfer to north London’s Hope Theatre next month after a sell-out summer season south of the river at White Bear Theatre. See our photo gallery!
Last Tango in Halifax star Anne Reid will play Lady Hunstanton, alongside Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot, in A Woman of No Importance at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre from 6 October to 30 December 2017.
Classic Spring, a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole, today announces first casting and creatives for a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre, starting in October with Eve Best in A Woman of No Importance.
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced casting for All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah, written by Nick Drake and directed by Jonathan Munby. The production runs in the Globe’s indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 6 December 2016 to Sunday 12 February 2017, with a press night on 8 December.
This is an unusual post, not about any current production, and far too long. And the latest current reviews are available below, AMADEUS at the top and well worth it. But there has been controversy over the departure of … Continue reading →
All praise Emma Rice! Under Dominic Dromgoole’s artistic directorship, The Globe’s commitment to innovation in Shakespeare production first established during Mark Rylance’s reign fell by the wayside in favour of new writing.
For a departing artistic director, especially here, Shakespeare’s last plays are a natural choice: great poetic anthems of reconciliation and renunciation. Hence this winter Cymbeline, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale and now The Tempest, with the poet’s strange final moment of burying the book, abjuring rough magic, abdicating. Dominic Dromgoole, after eleven adventurous, globe-circling years here, is the first to stage a farewell in winter, in the little candlelit Wanamaker playhouse completed so beautifully on his watch.
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