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Oscar Wilde Season Live: Lady Windermere’s Fan
BUY TICKETS 7.15pm Tuesday 20 March
PLAY broadcast LIVE from the Vaudeville Theatre, London
Jennifer Saunders is inspired casting as the Duchess of Berwick in Kathy Burke’s new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy.
This is the second play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by Classic Spring, a new theatre company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe.
The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party? First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores the ambiguity of upper class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era in one of Wilde’s most popular and witty plays.
Gossipy old bat the Duchess of Berwic probably isn’t even in Wilde’s top three gossip old bats, but Saunders is perfect in the role. Sewing chaos with that ironic detachment that she brings to bear on even Eddy’s most fraught moments, she nails Wilde’s immaculately sculpted quips, somehow both in the moment and standing wryly outside. This revival, part of Dominic Dromgoole’s year-long effort to stage off of Wilde’s plays, is directed by another comedy icon, Kathy Hurke, who keeps things light and fast-paced – Wilde at his most frothily superficial. She’s assembled a fine cast, who generally hold their own against the totemic Saunders. Andrzej Lukoswski, Time Out
Tickets: Full £19 Adult concessions £17 18 & under £10
Running time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins (inc one interval)
Doors open: 6.45pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.