Staged by the Classic Spring Theatre Company, the Oscar Wilde Season will be broadcast live to Marina Theatre from the Vaudeville Theatre in the heart of London’s West End.
Tuesday 9 October is The Importance of Being Earnest followed in 2019 with a season of Wilde Wednesdays;
- Wednesday Jan 23rd – A Woman of No Importance
- Wednesday February 27th – Lady Windermere’s Fan
- Wednesday March 27th – An Ideal Husband
Classic Spring is the new theatre company from Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The company’s first season is a year-long celebration of the late genius Wilde, one aiming to provide a much fuller picture of the man and the artist, revealing this much-loved but complex playwright as the brilliant renegade he was in his own time.
Dominic Dromgoole will personally direct the first play A Woman of No Importance, starring Olivier Award-winning actor Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot and BAFTA-nominated Anne Reid as Lady Hunstanton, alongside Eleanor Bron and William Gaunt.
Multi-award-winning actor, director, comedian and playwright Kathy Burke will then direct Lady Windermere’s Fan, bringing together a talented comedic cast including the Olivier Award winning actress Samantha Spiro as Mrs Erlynne, Kevin Bishop as Lord Darlington, and guest starring Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick, marking her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years.
Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Classic Spring, comments: “Oscar Wilde was a lover of the modern in all its forms, and I’m sure the idea that his plays could now be broadcast live to so many people, in so many places, would have delighted him. We are very pleased that these glorious plays are going to reach an even wider audience and have life beyond their runs in the West End.”