Lady Windermere's Fan at Vaudeville Theatre tickets
Lady Windermere's Fan at Vaudeville Theatre tickets

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Overview

The Vaudeville Theatre plays host the exciting Oscar Wilde Season, curated by the Award-winning Dominic Dromgoole, with tickets on sale now. Amongst the Victorian gems is Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by the award winning Kathy Burke, director, comedian and playwright, this engrossing social drama embraces Wilde’s witty examination of dramatic family schisms and affairs of the heart.

The play revolves around Lady Windermere’s twenty-first birthday. A shadow is cast across the jubilant occasion when Windermere receives word that her doting husband is having an illicit affair. Her investigations come to a melodramatic head when she discovers the real truth behind her husband’s deceit.

Former Artistic Director of the Globe, Dominic Dromgoole, has confirmed plans for his new theatre company Classic Spring which will produce the piece. The company’s goal is to honour the revolutionary and innovative work of proscenium playwrights within the theatres they loved.

Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro (Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, Merrily We Roll Along) stars as Erlynne, opposite comedian and television star Kevin Bishop as Lord Darlington. French and Saunders' Jennifer Saunders guest stars as the Duchess of Berwick, having previously worked alongside Kathy Burke in Absolutely Fabulous.

Further casting includes Joseph Marcell as Lord Lorton, Grace Molony as Lady Windermere, Joshua James as Lord Windermere and Ami Metcalf as Agatha and Rosalie.

Lady Windermere’s Fan 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 groundbreaking Victorian plays that shook the foundations of British theatre, given bold new life by Dromgoole’s company.

Tickets are also available for other staged works in the season including A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. Lady Windermere’s Fan will play at the Vaudeville Theatre from the 12th January to 7th April 2018.

Recommended for

Fans of Wilde's engrossing storytelling and witty dialogue will adore this Victorian classic, and should definitely ensure to get Lady Windermere's Fan tickets to see what Kathy Burke has done to remaster the classic.

Age Recommendations: 10+

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 12 Jan 2018
Booking from: 07 Apr 2018
Booking until: 07 Apr 2018

Location and map

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH

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On the safety curtain are depicted five drawings of different fan positions, to represent different meanings in the language of th... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 39 reviews, 0 helpful votes

On the safety curtain are depicted five drawings of different fan positions, to represent different meanings in the language of the fan! The fan in this story has just as exciting a tale to tell. The story is set in polite London society, where the young and idealistic Lady Windermere comes to hear of her husband's friendship with a woman of dubious reputation, and fears the worst. However, is there more to this woman than meets the eye..? This Oscar Wilde play contains many quotes that people will recognise: "I can resist everything but temptation", anyone? Indeed, one scene set in a gentleman's salon late at night, involving a group of male friends, contains many lines that made the audience gasp with recognition. Of course, Wilde uses the play to make some keen observations about the people he sees around him - and this is more serious than some of his other work. I have to say, I enjoyed it very much - and it was a nice change, actually, to see period drama performed in period costume! An enjoyable musical interlude too, featuring Jennifer Saunders, while they're doing a scene change behind the curtain.

u2fancat 5'6'', 39 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A nicely dressed show in the traditional Wilde style with a spartan opening set leaving it to the actors to fill the space with th... More

shirleyjones 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A nicely dressed show in the traditional Wilde style with a spartan opening set leaving it to the actors to fill the space with the comedy of manners. It's a strong ensemble piece despite the inclusion of some household names (who don't disappoint) and the story gallops along getting some much deserved guffaws from an audience keen to be entertained. In the second half there is a beautifully blocked piece of action for the six male gentlemen and I was impressed by the direction for what could have been wordy and stilted. The song covering the scene change back to the Windermere household had us all in stitches. Overall an energetic matinee and I only hold back a 5th star because the ticket price seems steep for the product.

shirleyjones 1 review, 0 helpful votes

My first time watching this Oscar Wilde play and I was pretty impressed. The casting is spot on here with Jennifer Saunders (maki... More

joc78 5"4, 238 reviews, 4 helpful votes

My first time watching this Oscar Wilde play and I was pretty impressed. The casting is spot on here with Jennifer Saunders (making her return to the West End after a 20 year absence) being suitably fabulous in her role as the Duchess. Credit to to both Samantha Spiro and Kevin Bishop in their roles. It was great to see this production in period costume and the two hours flew by. My only criticism would be the set at times felt a little dull and lacklustre but don't let that put you off this good, solid production. In a couple of scenes you could hear the audience audibly gasp when some of Oscar Wilde's better known quotes were said by members of the cast - the most notable one for me being "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars". The recognition felt amongst the audience was something I've never experienced in a theatre before!

joc78 5"4, 238 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This is a great production of Lady Windemere's Fan. Jennifer Saunders is an absolute scene-stealer, star quality just radiates off... More

isobeljones-mcauley 171cm, 14 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This is a great production of Lady Windemere's Fan. Jennifer Saunders is an absolute scene-stealer, star quality just radiates off her. Grace Malony and Samantha Spiro were also excellent in this and the costumes were gorgeous. I am used to Irish productions of Oscar Wilde plays really emphasising the cynicism and wit, whereas this production sort of skims over that cynicism in favour of jolity and silliness - not that that's a bad thing, it's just very different to how I've seen Oscar Wilde plays done back in Ireland.

isobeljones-mcauley 171cm, 14 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Dedado 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Dedado 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I didn’t know the play before I saw this production, but I found it very funny. I loved the costumes. Delightful little extra of a... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 148 reviews, 9 helpful votes

I didn’t know the play before I saw this production, but I found it very funny. I loved the costumes. Delightful little extra of a song during their interval. Great afternoons entertainment.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 148 reviews, 9 helpful votes

Wonderful show. Clever direction of this witty Oscar Wilde play by Cathy Burke. Excellent cast headed by Samantha Spiro, & Jennife... More

lindabright 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Wonderful show. Clever direction of this witty Oscar Wilde play by Cathy Burke. Excellent cast headed by Samantha Spiro, & Jennifer Saunders.

lindabright 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

YM 168, 115 reviews, 3 helpful votes

YM 168, 115 reviews, 3 helpful votes

ccix 61 reviews, 1 helpful vote

ccix 61 reviews, 1 helpful vote