Classic Spring has announced that Fiona Button (Cecily Cardew) and Stella Gonet (Miss Prism) have been cast in Michael Fentiman’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre (20 July to 20 October 2018, press night is 2 August), with Pippa Nixon replacing Sinead Matthews as Gwendolyn Fairfax.
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.
Overall it is a good, if uneven, workman-like production of The Importance of Being Earnest that struggles, at times, to be funny. It delivers the goods without any flourishes of inspiration.
For the first time ever Edward Fox, 81, is joined by his son, Freddie Fox, 29, on stage and it is a partnership that brings out the best in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. The surprisingly modern comedy (about insider trading and dodgy politicians) is the third major production, and, by far, the most successful of Dominic Dromgoole’s year-long Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre.
There is certainly no faulting any of the cast’s performances or the look of the production as a whole, but it feels as though Jonathan Church’s production of An Ideal Husband is just lacking in that little bit of extra sparkle to make Oscar Wilde’s dialogue really shine and standout.
Worth going to Jonathan Church ’s latest Wilde Classic Spring revival – An Ideal Husband – if only for a feast of Foxes: patriarch Edward as old Lord Caversham and his real youngest son Freddie as his stage son Lord Goring.
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.
Lots & lots of shows have their first performances in London and across the country this month, including new productions of Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well.
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.
Kerry Ellis will star as Gwendolen, her first non-singing role, at selected venues in the 2018 UK tour of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Sarah Redmond’s production for the Brockley Jack thankfully forgoes any gimmickry with a relatively straightforward interpretation, and if the result is comforting rather than pulse-quickening, well, that’s no bad thing in the end.
As one of Oscar Wilde’s most famous plays, one wonders if The Importance of Being Earnest’s aged humour and possibly outdated social values will stand the test of time. Thankfully, here, in director Sarah Redmond’s capable hands the story thrives.
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.
Kathy Burke is not a woman you’ll often see on the red carpet of a West End press night. She doesn’t enjoy the photographs and expectations that come with it, and she’d much rather see her comps go to those who are struggling to afford West End prices.
These are our current Top 15 Ticket Recommendations – broken down into five musicals, five plays and five ‘winter warmers’ – based on both best-sellers over the past month as well as our predictions on the hottest of upcoming openings.