Must end 30 December | The perfect family treat celebrating Oscar Wilde's ground-breaking work
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. Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama create a vivid new theatrical voice.
A Woman of No Importance is directed by Dominic Dromgoole and stars Olivier award winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler), Eleanor Bron (Help!, Alfie), William Gaunt (King Lear, The Crucible) and BAFTA nominated Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax).
Classic Spring is a new theatre company, formed by Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) to celebrate the bold and ground-breaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture for which they wrote.
Its first offering is an Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville, revolving around his four great Victorian plays, which shocked and redefined British theatre, and still resonate and refresh today.
De Profundis, performed by Simon Callow, will run from 3-6 January, while Lady Windermere’s Fan starring Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop and Jennifer Saunders opens on 12 January.
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A Woman of No Importance critic reviews
A Woman of No Importance reviews
The play was beautiful, the scenery truly stunning and the cast amazing. Such a great show!
Fantastic performance. Great play.
A thoroughly enjoyable play, with an excellent cast. Loved Anne Reid - perfect comic timing!
Never having read or seen this play pleased to be acquainted with it. Enjoyed parts of it more than others. Some of the monologues I found tedious, although they generally contained a nugget or two of Wilde's wit. The play as a whole seems unbalanced. The first act and the last act could have come from two different genres of drama. The cast was excellent and it was thought provoking to have a black actress as the young American. Pleased to have seen this production but not one of my favourite Wilde plays.
We very much enjoyed seeing this play for the first time. Not Wilde's best play, perhaps, but full of wonderful wit and repartee, as always. Some very good acting and production, with excellent pacing, Main regret: we couldn't hear much of what two of the principal ladies, especially in Part Two, were saying. Others were very clear. In Wilde's plays, needless to say, every word is important.
Oscar Wilde's first play is entertaining, with lots of the expected witty one-liners, but does take a long time to get going until it reaches the main storyline. The performance I saw on the final day was enjoyable with uniformly good actors, and I liked the musical interludes - a nice idea. I am looking forward now to the other plays in this season, which I think are of rather higher quality.
Great performances from whole cast. Really enjoyable
Superb ensemble playing. Anne Reid and Eleanor Bron were an absolute delight. It maybe my age but where I was sitting found the dialogue a little indistinguishable in the women's quiet scenes. However, overall an enjoyable evening. Looking forward to attending more in the OW season. Many thanks.
I thought the play was very well acted, although I do not think it was Oscar Wilde's best play. I found some of the dialogue very difficult to hear ( i was in the dress circle) when the actors went to the back of the stage. However I would recommend this production to others.
Fabulous! Anne Reid and Eleanor Bron stole the show!
A wonderfully produced play. The acting was superb .
Overall I enjoyed the play. Anne Reid, as always was supberb. However, Eve Best as Mrs. Arbuthnot was incoherent most if the time.
Enjoyed the play and the excellent acting, but we were at the rear of the Grand Circle and sometimes had difficulty in hearing the dialogue. Often we heard laughter from the lower regions of the theatre but not from the people near us.
Beautifully written (of course), beautifully produced, perfectly cast, with gorgeous sets and costumes and quirky interludes over the set changes. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
It was so bad we left at the interval. Poorly performed, lines fluffed, no energy, predictable performances.
The two principal leads were outstanding: original, complex creations. Anne Reid too was excellent but Eleanor Bron was overly mannered and largely inaudible. The youngsters in the cast were desperately in need of some acting training involving issues of voice production, while those unfortunately limited to silent roles or a few one-liners were downright awful, grossly overacting and with no conception of how not to disturb the focus of a scene. The production overall, the leads excepted, was so "traditional" that one might have been viewing it back in the 1950s.
Disappointing. Matinee a little slow
Very very good
There is no doubt that the concerns raised in the play are very much dated, and therefore the play is really a period piece. However, the acting, especially Anne Reid - and in particular her wonderful musical interludes at the scene changes, was excellent. There are also many excellent amusing Wildean one-liners. All in all, a very pleasant pre-Xmas entertainment.
This was outstandingly good entertainment, with lots of the best Oscar Wilde lines, with a powerful political message.
Really enjoyed it. Great cast. great writer.
A fabulous show well acted by a wonderful cast
Although the play starts rather slowly, with a lot of clever repartee but not much plot, this production moved to a really stirring climax. There can be little higher praise than to say that it was genuinely moving, with Eve Best and Anne Reid particularly impressive.
Thoroughly enjoyed it...if British aristocracy & dry wit is your cup of tea then this is the play to see!
3 generations were in our group and they all thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Ann Reid and Eleanor Bron were particularly brilliant, their comic timing was superb.
Yes, I know it's Oscar Wilde and yes the costumes were great... However I had expected something wittier and less old-fashioned. On top of that some of the actors (too many, if you ask me) were not convincing at all in their roles. I would say this was an average performance. Sorry
What an amazing evening. An amazing performance. Anne Reid was wonderful but many other cast members too. Oscar Wilde at his best, a true lesson to be learned even in this day and age re double standards.
The female character’s voices did not project well enough therefore we lost a lot of the story. The actress who took the part of the mother of the young boy was particularly difficult to understand as she mumbled her words as if she was having a chat with a friend making it impossible to hear what she saying. I think an amateur company coukd have done a better job without the ticket price of the West End
Overall a very accomplished performance. Highly entertaining especially Anne Reid’s singing ! Slight reservations about Hester. Voice not quite convincing. Great set and costumes. Wilde is still relevant today.
This is my first experience of oscar Wilde, hopefully not the last, I loved every Minute of this atmospheric, funny, witty and engaging play , Anne Reid was the star for Me but all the actors were faultless,, what a treat!
Excellent production with some stand out performances. Sometimes it was a little difficult to hear what was said but this was probably my poor hearing rather than the actor's ability to throw their voices !!.
Diction of principal actresses not always clear five rows from the stage in the Stalls: mumbling and garbling. Slow down and speak up. Try and make us feel involved in the action- not merely spectators. Otherwise quite an enjoyable, well dressed, well lit production
Delightful play well acted good sets very funny
Absolutely brilliant performance! Such great and highly talented entertainers.
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It was thoroughly interesting although I could have done without the songs. They were good but I like dialogue. Still, my wife and I enjoyed the performance and are looking forward to Lady Windermere's Fan and an Ideal Husband.
Enjoyed the evenung but we were seated at the top in the back row and some of the actors were sometimes hard to hear. Not just my hearing....my husband who has very good hearing also felt the same.
Delightfully old fashioned
well acted, well showcased. although the play mocks the society of its day, the issues presented are still relevant. Plenty of Wildean epigrams, but also real feeling. Thank you for a good evening.
I really enjoyed the play, Oscar Wilde is my favourite writer. The costumes, the scenes and the delivery of the play was brilliant until... I saw the black woman casted for the part of the American. There were no black people in Victorian England and not even in America in the high society. This pc bs that is infecting the art world needs to stop. I cannot be colour blind and she was shrieky and shouty, looked like the help of the aristocrats and clearly ruined a brilliant play.
Anne Reid and the rest of the cast were superb in this performance of A Woman of No Importance .
The play was excellent, the cast outstanding.
It was compelling, entertaining, fun, with just the right tinge of sad - Congratulations to the wonderful cast and all involved, we thoroughly enjoyed it!
This is the best West End play in years. The cast was absolutely fabulous: perfect mix of masterful "classical" performance ( Anne Reid, Eleanor Bron, William Gaunt, Sam Cox) and brilliant young talent (Harry lister Smith, Crystal Clarke). Eve Best was totally amazing, the way she played her character reminded me of Bolero. I found her monologue to her son opening up all her secrets and feeling was the most touching and at the same time powerful moment in the play - it made me cry. This is what real theatre should do - it should bring out the best of you! Thoroughly enjoyed performance by Emma fielding - she's got a psarkle in her eye that distinguishes a true actor from a craftsman, Stage set and costumes were exceptional as well. Overall, this is a true theatre in it's glory, the theatre that I was feeling we are loosing and I can see that it's still alive. If I lived in london I would see this play a few more times. Exceptional experience for true lovers of classic theatre!
Terrific! Wonderful production - great acting and lovely set.
Really enjoyed the excellent cast who worked so well together. The musical interludes were also very entertaining. Would thoroughly recommend this play.
A good lively production from an excellent cast.
This play starts off with an inestimable advantage: it's by Oscar Wilde. This particular play addresses power relationships between men and women, as well as class and money - so it's still (depressingly) topical despite having been written in the 19th century. We enjoyed this production. However, the younger cast members didn't seem to have the skill level of the older cast members when it came to projecting their voices: it was difficult to hear some of the dialogue up in the top tier of seats, particularly in the opening set. We also felt the production dragged a bit in places. The most successful Wilde plays we've seen tend to zip along quite a bit faster and with greater energy.
The ‘Woman of No Importance’ performance last night was a sparkling, amusing and polished performance by the main protagonists, ably supported by the rest of the cast. The 3 musical numbers were excellent and provided a wonderful interlude while scenery changes occurred. I loved the whole production.
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Suitable For Children
Age Guidance 8+
When Can I Go
6th October - 30th December 2017
Monday-Saturday: 7:30pm Thursday and Saturday: 2:30pm
No Performances Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th December 2017.
Additional Matinee on Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 2:30pm
Where Do I Go
404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH
By Tube- Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo) Embankment (District, Circle)
By Bus- 1, 4 , 6, 9, 11, 13 , 15, 68, 76, 171, 176, 188.