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A Woman of No Importance tickets

A Woman of No Importance arrives at the Vaudeville Theatre as part of the sensational Oscar Wilde Season. Imbued with all Wilde’s characteristic wit and charm the play explores status, gender and class amidst the high jinks of a glamorous Victorian house party on the turn of the century.

The play follows Gerald Arbuthnot a young aspiring gentleman who is called into the service of the brilliant but disreputable Lord Illingworth. His admirer, a young American heiress, is pleased to see her ambitious paramour ascend the ranks of society. But soon the frivolity of the party will be in jeopardy as the true identity of Lord Illingworth is revealed by Arbuthnot's mother, played by the Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler).

Further casting includes Anne Reid, Eleanor Bron, William Gaunt, Emma Fielding, Dominic Rowan, Crystal Clarke, Harry Lister-Smith, Sam Cox, William Mannering, Paul Rider and Phoebe Fildes.

Wilde’s deft use of language is never so evident, the fast flowing quips coupled with the intricately unfolding drama of the piece make this play a joyous mechanism to behold.

The piece will be produced by Classic Spring, a new theatre company set up by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The company’s goal is to honour the incredible and innovative work of proscenium playwrights within the traditional framework for which they wrote.

A Woman of No Importance will be staged as part of the Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville Theatre. The piece will be presented alongside some of Wilde’s most revolutionary Victorian plays that shook the foundations of British theatre, given bold new life by Dromgoole’s company.

Other exciting works in the season include Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. Tickets for a A Woman of No Importance at the Vaudeville Theatre are available for performances from the 6th October to 30th December 2017.

Performance dates: 29 Dec 2017 - 30 Dec 2017

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: 10+

Special notice: Fans of Wilde's inimitable writing should not miss the chance to get tickets to this witty progressive tale on the Vaudeville stage.

Sorry this show closed 30 December 2017.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: Audiences should aim to be as close to the front of the stalls as possible for an impeccable view and the perfect position to be engrossed in this captivating drama.

Latest audience reviews

I know the play quite well, having seen other productions (and I even studied it at school years ago!),... More

alisonb 23 Nov 2017

I know the play quite well, having seen other productions (and I even studied it at school years ago!), so it was interesting and fun to hear how some very familiar phrases in Oscar Wilde's work were performed by this cast. Ann Reid is wonderful, even when she's not speaking - her facial expressions and body language convey so much. Eleanor Bron was also great. One or two of the longer speeches by other cast members would have benefitted from a slight cut, perhaps (someone behind me fell asleep - I could hear his light snores), but generally it was a good production and the 'parlour music entertainment' during the scene changes was an additional treat.

alisonb 23 Nov 2017

A period piece with some good solid acting. Broadcast live to cinemas on this night, one remote camera... More

iany 03 Dec 2017

A period piece with some good solid acting. Broadcast live to cinemas on this night, one remote camera located front centre row only small and did not seem to be invasive to anyone. Glad I went along.

iany 03 Dec 2017

Though the play itself isn't strong, and probably the weakest of Wilde's, the production was excellent... More

londontheatrefan Top 100 reviewer02 Dec 2017

Though the play itself isn't strong, and probably the weakest of Wilde's, the production was excellent in terms of performances and staging.

londontheatrefan Top 100 reviewer02 Dec 2017
doonakebab Top 100 reviewer23 Feb 2018
hayleyculverhouse Top 100 reviewer03 Dec 2017

Very slow start, but excellent second act. The cast is superb, especially Eve Best and Anne Reid. Lovely... More

sondheimkid Top 50 reviewer01 Nov 2017

Very slow start, but excellent second act. The cast is superb, especially Eve Best and Anne Reid. Lovely costumes and set, quite funny and touching.

sondheimkid Top 50 reviewer01 Nov 2017
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