About the showFormer Artistic Director of the Globe Dominic Dromgoole helms a new season at London’s Vaudeville Theatre that celebrates the work of proscenium playwright Oscar Wilde. Presenting four brand new productions of his best-loved plays, the season kicks off with comedy drama A Woman of No Importance, starring Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best.
Originally premiering in 1893 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, A Woman of No Importance is one of Wilde’s early plays, following a band of misfits who attend a house party full of fools and grotesques. An earnest young American woman, an untrustworthy English Lord and an innocent young man attend together, naïve to the fact that a woman lives nearby, cradling a long-buried secret.
A play about survival and the destruction of reputation, A Woman of No Importance is the comedy of manners that was last revived by Adrian Noble in 2003. Now, Dromgoole brings it back to the West End as the first in a series of plays in the Oscar Wilde Season.
Olivier Award-winner and Globe Theatre actress Eve Best leads the play, after most recently starring in Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed revival of Love in Idleness at the Apollo Theatre. Additional stage credits include her award-winning role in Hedda Gabler, as well as A Moon for the Misbegotten and Anthony and Cleopatra.
Additional casting includes well-known stage and screen actress Anne Reid, alongside Eleanor Bron, William Gaunt, Emma Fielding, Dominic Rowan, Crystal Clarke, Harry Lister-Smith, Sam Cox, William Mannering, Paul Rider and Phoebe Fildes.
Playing a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre, further plays in the season include Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and the well-known The Importance of Being Earnest. A Woman of No Importance plays at the venue from October 6th 2017 to December 30th 2017.
Who Should See It?Fans of Eve Best now have the opportunity to see her in another West End leading role! Those who love Oscar Wilde plays, including The Importance of Being Earnest, will absolutely enjoy this witty piece.
A Woman of No Importance may not be suitable for young children.