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. In A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama created a vivid new theatrical voice.
Following the success in London’s West End, Classic Spring’s A Woman of No Importance will embark on a major UK tour this Autumn.
Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole directs a stellar cast in this major revival of one of Wilde’s rarely seen plays.
Joining the previously announced Emma Amos (Goodnight Sweetheart/Still Open All Hours), Isla Blair (Grantchester/The History Boys), Liza Goddard (Bergerac/Wild West) Roy Hudd (When We Were Married/ Huddlines) and Katy Stephens (As You Like It/Antony and Cleopatra – RSC ) will be John Bett (Scenes from an Execution/A Very English Scandal), Rachel Essex (The Deal/The Edge of Love), Tom Jude (Wilde Experience/The Sherlock Holmes Experience), Georgia Landers (Anna/Antony and Cleopatra – NT), Mark Meadows (Orpheus Descending/Quiz) and returning members from the original cast Meg Coombs (The Provoked Wife/Measure for Measure), Tim Gibson (Ways of Seeing), Will Kelly (Lovesong/The Suppliant Women) and Paul Rider (Wise Children).
The production will open at the Everyman in Cheltenham before travelling to Richmond Theatre, Theatre Royal Brighton, King’s Theatre Edinburgh, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Perth Theatre, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford and Theatre Royal Norwich.
A Woman of No Importance was the opening production in Classic Spring’s celebrated Wilde season and marks the company’s first touring production. It enjoyed both critical and commercial success in the West End and was much admired for piquantly evoking new layers of dramatic depth in Wilde’s work. This production not only includes glittering Wildean wit but also a selection of classic music hall songs performed by the irrepressible Roy Hudd.
Coming up, Classic Spring will also be presenting a spine-chilling double-bill of two of the greatest classics of Gothic imagination, Frankenstein and Dracula which will both play in rep at the Hackney Empire from Friday 17th January to Sunday 16th February 2020. Further details and casting will be announced in due course.
Classic Spring presents
A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Dominic Dromgoole
Designed by Jonathan Fensom
Lighting by Paul Russell – Sound by Carolyn Downing – Music by Jason Carr
LISTING AND TOUR INFORMATION
Thurs 5 to Sat 14 September
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Mon 16 to Sat 21 Sept 2019
Book Tickets for Richmond Theatre
Mon 23 Sept to Sat 28th Sept 2019
Theatre Royal, Brighton
Book Tickets for Theatre Royal, Brighton
Tues 1 Oct to Sat 5 Oct 2019
Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues 8 Oct to Sat 12 Oct 2019
Cambridge Arts Theatre
Tues 22 Oct to Sat 26 Oct 2019
Tues 29 Oct to Sat 2 Nov 2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Tues 5 Nov to Sat 9 Nov 2019
Theatre Royal, Norwich