An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long-buried secret.
First performed in 1893, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama satirised the socially conservative world of the Victorian upper-class, creating a vivid new theatrical voice which still resonates today.
Olivier award-winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler) and BAFTA nominated actress Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) star in this new classically staged production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy directed by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe.
The first play from the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s Oscar Wilde Season, A Woman of No Importance, filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End in November 2017 especially for the cinema screen.
Running time: 155 minutes
Mrs Arbuthnot – Eve Best
Lady Hunstanton – Anne Reid
Lady Caroline Pontefract – Eleanor Bron
Hester Worsley – Crystal Clarke
Mrs Allonby – Emma Fielding
Lord Illingworth – Dominic Rowan
Gerald Arbuthnot – Harry Lister Smith
Reverend Daubeny – William Gaun
READ The Stage’s 4 star review
Eve Best stars in a slow-moving but compassionate and emotionally engaging Oscar Wilde revival
READ the Independent’s 4 star review
Eve Best is wonderfully moving.
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“Wonderfully moving ... Sublimely funny”