This production of Lady Windermere’s Fan is mostly a strong account of a play that will always be overshadowed by Earnest and a very pleasant way to spend a locked down afternoon.
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.
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.
With its kooky look at the characters drawn to California’s movie gold rush, Once in a Lifetime took a comic swipe at the coincidental, accidental happenings that turned opportunists into cinematic frontiersmen and women. It’s a comedy made for big performances, satire writ large to the point of caricature.
The end of the silent movie era and the arrival of the talkies has proved fertile ground for many a storyteller, not least Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s immortal Singin’ in the Rain, but Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Once In A Lifetime has a serious claim to being one of the first.