A Woman of No Importance at Vaudeville Theatre tickets
A Woman of No Importance at Vaudeville Theatre tickets

A Woman of No Importance tickets from £23.00

Tickets from £23.00

Overview

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. A Woman of No Importance plays at the Vaudeville Theatre from the 6th October to 30th December 2017.

Recommended for

Fans of Wilde's inimitable writing should not miss the chance to see this witty progressive tale on the Vaudeville stage.

Age Recommendations: 10+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 06 Oct 2017
Booking from: 12 Dec 2017
Booking until: 30 Dec 2017

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Wednesday 13 Dec 2017--7:30pm
Thursday 14 Dec 20172:30pm7:30pm
Friday 15 Dec 2017--7:30pm
Saturday 16 Dec 20172:30pm7:30pm
Monday 18 Dec 2017--7:30pm
Tuesday 19 Dec 2017--7:30pm
Wednesday 20 Dec 2017--7:30pm

Location and map

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH

12 Reviews Add review

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

alisonb 5'8", 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 5'8", 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

‘A Woman of No Importance’ was a play by Oscar Wilde that I wasn’t that familiar with. I found it slightly dated in terms of the ... More

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

‘A Woman of No Importance’ was a play by Oscar Wilde that I wasn’t that familiar with. I found it slightly dated in terms of the language used and the first half did tend to drag somewhat. However, after Eve Best’s character appeared after 45 minutes, the action really did pick up and the storyline got more interesting and relevant in my opinion. It was a joy to see Anne Reid on stage and she didn’t disappoint.

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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

iany 5"10, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 5"10, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Eve Best was very good as Mrs Arbuthnot but Anne Reid absolutely stole the show as Lady Hunstanton, especially with her little mus... More

claremcsheaffrey 5'2, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Eve Best was very good as Mrs Arbuthnot but Anne Reid absolutely stole the show as Lady Hunstanton, especially with her little musical interludes!

claremcsheaffrey 5'2, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was very funny, very clever and strangely feminist. The acting was excellent.

emilydiver 5"0, 160 reviews, 13 helpful votes

This show was very funny, very clever and strangely feminist. The acting was excellent.

emilydiver 5"0, 160 reviews, 13 helpful votes

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

londontheatrefan 5'4", 165 reviews, 5 helpful votes

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 5'4", 165 reviews, 5 helpful votes

hayleyculverhouse 5"5, 151 reviews, 1 helpful vote

hayleyculverhouse 5"5, 151 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

sondheimkid 170, 136 reviews, 23 helpful votes

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 170, 136 reviews, 23 helpful votes

Really enjoyable play - particularly liked Eve Best's wonderful performance.

palelylaura 5'10", 82 reviews, 8 helpful votes

Really enjoyable play - particularly liked Eve Best's wonderful performance.

palelylaura 5'10", 82 reviews, 8 helpful votes
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