Classic Spring, a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole, announced their plans for a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre.
The celebration will include ‘Wilde Talks’ that will explore the radicalism and subversiveness that runs through all of Wilde’s writing.
Eve Best will star as Mrs Arbuthnot in A Woman of No Importance from 6 October to 30 December 2017, directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Other early casting includes Eleanor Bron as Lady Pontefract, and William Gaunt as the Venerable Archdeacon Daubeny.
Multi-award-winning actor, director, comedian and playwright Kathy Burke will direct Lady Windermere’s Fan from 12 January to 7 April 2018.
A limited run of lightly-staged performances for a new folk opera by Guy Chambers, entitled The Selfish Giant, will start in April 2018, offering a unique opportunity for audiences to see a work in progress by one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary songwriters.
Frank McGuinness will adapt De Profundis, Wilde’s letter to Lord Alfred Bosie from Reading Gaol, for the stage, for a limited engagement of 3 to 6 January 2018.
Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde’s grandson, will give a pre-show talk on 14 October. Merlin is the author of A Portrait of Oscar Wilde and The Wilde Album.
Lady Windermere’s Fan will be followed by An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. Across the season, over 20,000 tickets under £20 will be made available to encourage younger audiences and make the season accessible to everyone.
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