CLASSIC SPRING: A Celebration of Oscar Wilde 2017 -
Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH
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Classic Spring, a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole, announces the first casting and creatives for a year-
An iconoclast, a socialist and a gay Irishman in the socially conservative late-
Eve Best will star as Mrs Arbuthnot in A Woman of No Importance from 6 October to 30 December 2017, directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Eve recently starred in Old Times on Broadway alongside Clive Owen, and Love In Idleness at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End. She has won an Olivier Award, an Evening Standard Award and three Critics’ Circle Awards, and been nominated for two Tony Awards.
Other early casting includes Eleanor Bron as Lady Pontefract, and William Gaunt as the Venerable Archdeacon Daubeny. Eleanor first shot to fame as Ahme in the Beatles’ film Help!, and also starred in the original Alfie with Michael Caine. William’s credits include King Lear opposite Ian McKellen in the West End and on film, and The Crucible at the Old Vic.
A limited run of lightly-
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. Frank is an acclaimed playwright, poet and translator. He has won numerous awards and prizes throughout his distinguished career, including a Tony Award, an Irish PEN Award and the French Order of Arts and Letters.
Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde’s grandson, will give a pre-
Lady Windermere’s Fan will be followed by An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. Casting, creatives and dates will be announced in due course. Across the season, over 20,000 tickets under £20 will be made available to encourage younger audiences and make the season accessible to everyone.
A family show based on Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales, entitled Wilde Creatures and produced by Olivier Award-
Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Classic Spring, said: “My ten years as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe allowed me to explore Shakespeare in the kind of theatre he wrote for: the thrust stage and open air of the ‘wooden O’. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to do the same with Oscar Wilde, in the kind of space he wrote for: the velvety darkness and proscenium arched stage of one of the West End’s most perfect playhouses, the Vaudeville, just across the road from where Wilde once lived, loved, wrote and entertained at his very first home in London.”